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Rural and Urban Area Analysis – Animated Video Podcasts (YouTube)

Released: 19 October 2011 Download PDF

This content is set out using audio commentary and graphical animations on the ONS YouTube channel . If you are unable to play the audio track, full transcripts are available on request, please email

Rural and urban areas – measuring the differences

This five minute video presentation gives a brief overview of how the Rural/Urban Definition works, and explores rural/urban patterns in populations, workforces, incomes and earnings for England. It is a summary of an article from ONS’s journal Regional Trends, which compares rural and urban areas for different topics across the UK.

UK rural/urban classifications – understanding, mapping and using them

This video presentation gives information on seven different rural/urban classifications, covering small areas and local authority areas for each country of the UK. Requiring no prior knowledge of rural urban classifications, it shows which areas are rural and urban, and gives practical guidance on using these classifications to analyse data.

Also available is a detailed Google map of the Rural/Urban Definition for England and Wales, with background mapping and a zoom function.

A survey asking users about potential enhancements to the methodologies used to create urban areas and the rural/urban classifications covering England has been created. It is being hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Further information on the classifications can be found on the ONS website, and on the Defra website

Source: Office for National Statistics

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