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2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authorities and other geographies

2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authority Districts and other higher level geographies for statistical purposes.

Documents

2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authority Districts in England: User Guide

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2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authority Districts in England: Methodology

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Local Authority Districts ranked by rural and hub town (rural-related) populations 2011, using 2011 Rural Urban Classification

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Interim results identifying rural hub towns to be used in the 2011 Local Authority Classification

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The Rural Urban Classification 2011 defines areas forming settlements with populations of over 10,000 as urban, the remainder as rural. The number of Local Authorities that are now classed as rural has reduced compared with the 2001 classification. When applying the classification for statistical purposes it is important to note that a Local Authority that is classed as urban will contain rural areas and vice versa.

Interim results identifying rural hub towns to be used in the 2011 Local Authority Classification was published separately in May 2014.

Additional information:

Defra statistics: rural

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Published 1 May 2014
Last updated 21 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. We’ve changed how we’ve organised rural statistics and updated the content following Lord Cameron’s review of rural proofing.
  2. Rural Urban Classification leaflet now available for Local Authority Districts in England.
  3. 2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authority Districts is now available.
  4. First published.