Title: GHSL-OECD Functional Urban Areas
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC118845
ISBN: 978-92-76-11258-7 (online)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 30001 EN
OP KJ-NA-30001-EN-N (online)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC118845
DOI: 10.2760/67415
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Function Urban Areas (FUAs), as defined by the OECD and the European Union, are sets of contiguous local (administrative) units composed of a ‘city’ and its surrounding, less densely populated local units that are part of the city’s labour market (‘commuting zone’). To be included in the commuting zone, local units should at least 15% of their working population to the city. This definition is limited to the OECD countries and it is subject to both availability of commuting flows data at local level and to the definition of administrative unit boundaries. In the context of international comparability of urban-related statistics and indicators the aim of this task is to propose a FUA definition that does not depend on arbitrary and not harmonized administrative units and scale it to the globe. To pursue this goal it is proposed an automated classification procedure of FUAs based on objective characteristics (distance from the Urban Centre, area and population of the Urban Centre, local population and GDP per capita at national level), to classify areas within and outside FUAs. The automated classification of FUA is done in collaboration with the OECD and supported by DG REGIO. This document describes the public release of the GHSL-OECD Functional Urban Areas 2019 (GHS-FUA).
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