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Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2011-2012


2011-12 Urban Rural Classification. Data zone classification identifying urban and rural areas based on settlement size and drive times. Update on 2009-2010 publication.

Website Publication Date August 28, 2012

This document is also available in pdf format

Data Sources & Methodology
Major Changes Identified for 2011-2012
Classifying Other Geographies
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Annex 1: Outputs of the Classification
Annex 2: Additional Tables


Map 2.1: Scottish Government 6-fold Urban/Rural Classification, 2011-2012
Map 2.1: Scottish Government 6-fold Urban/Rural Classification, 2011-2012 with Ordnance Survey background
Map 2.2: Scottish Government 8-fold Urban/Rural Classification, 2011-2012
Map 2.2: Scottish Government 6-fold Urban/Rural Classification, 2011-2012 with Ordnance Survey background

Downloadable files:

2011-2012 Urban Rural Classification Population Tables
2011-2012 Urban Rural Classification Shapefile*
2011-2012 Urban Rural Classification Lookup files

* To open Shapefiles users require GIS mapping software to be installed on PC


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