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A functional economic area is characterised by densely inhabited “city”, and “commuting zone” whose labour market is highly integrated with the cores. This methodology makes it possible to compare functional urban areas of similar size across countries.

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Latest update: December 2016.

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Metropolitan statistics can be further explored and analysed with the interactive OECD Metropolitan eXplorer. To visualise the performance of cities on maps, and compare the difference between functional and administrative borders, select the link:

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The Metropolitan database contains data for 281 metro areas with a population of 500,000 or more over 30 OECD countries. These metro areas follow a harmonized functional definition developed by the OECD, in cooperation with the European Commission. Further information read the publication:

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For any question or comment, please write to: GOV.RegionStat@oecd.org

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The Metropolitan database contains data for 281 metro areas with a population of 500,000 or more over 30 OECD countries. These metro areas follow a harmonized functional definition developed by the OECD, in cooperation with the European Commission. Further information read the publication:

OECD (2012), Redefining Urban: a new way to measure metropolitan areas, OECD, Parishttp://www.oecd.org/regional/redefiningurbananewwaytomeasuremetropolitanareas.htm]. Additional information can be found in the following link: http://measuringurban.oecd.org/content/The%20OECD%20Metropolitan%20eXplorer.pdf
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A functional economic area is characterised by densely inhabited “city”, and “commuting zone” whose labour market is highly integrated with the cores. This methodology makes it possible to compare functional urban areas of similar size across countries.

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Metropolitan statistics can be further explored and analysed with the interactive OECD Metropolitan eXplorer. To visualise the performance of cities on maps, and compare the difference between functional and administrative borders, select the link:

Metropolitan eXplorerhttp://measuringurban.oecd.org
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Latest update: December 2016.