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Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2013-2014

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1. Introduction

Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division, Directorate For Environment And Forestry is committed to continuing to improve the rural evidence base.

The Scottish Government acknowledges that issues such as transport, education and health can have a particular impact on rural communities and seeks to reflect this in mainstream policy development. This classification aids in developing our understanding of the issues facing urban, rural and remote Scotland.

The Scottish Government Urban/Rural Classification (version 2013-2014, which updates the 2011-2012 version) was first released in 2000 and is consistent with the Government's core definition of rurality which defines Settlements of less than 3,000 people to be rural. It also classifies areas as remote based on drive times from Settlements of 10,000 or more people. The definitions of urban and rural areas underlying the classification are unchanged.

The publication includes background information, methodology and guidance on the use of the classification, and also the geographic information to allow analysts to use the classification in their research.

The wider dissemination and use of the classification will improve the evidence base on urban, rural and remote Scotland.

Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division
Scottish Government
November 2014