Health indicators

Urban health indicators

European cities face a variety of challenges ranging from ageing populations, through migration and urban sprawl, to counteracting climate change. By contrast, Europe's dynamic cities attract investment, people and services, thereby stimulating creativity and innovation. Cities are seen as both the source and solution of economic, environmental and social challenges. Therefore, cities are central to achieve the Europe 2020 targets of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The Urban Development goal in cohesion policy offers various programmes and initiatives which have an urban dimension.

The Urban Audit programme

The Urban Audit programme consists in a range of indicators covering most aspects relating to quality of life in European cities: demography, housing, health, labour market, education, environment... The data collection exercise is undertaken by national statistical institutes, the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and Eurostat.

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European System of Urban Health Indicators

The EURO-URHIS (European System of Urban Health Indicators) consortium developed a network of 60 urban areas across Europe. The EURO-URHIS initiative sought to find the availability of many health indicators across Europe, and to describe some features of health that, whilst not specific only to urban situations, have a major impact on the health of urban residents. The EURO-URHIS 2 project has resulted in the largest set of individual level Urban Health Indicators in the world. These indicators have been analysed for the urban areas involved in the project and Health Profiles have been created.