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

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Latest update: March 2020.

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Regional typologyAbstract

The OECD has classified two levels of geographic units within each member country: large regions (territorial level 2 or TL2) composed by 394 regions, and small regions (territorial level 3 or TL3) composed by 2 258 small regions in the OECD area. Small regions are further classified into two types of typology to help in assessing differences in socio-economic trends in regions, both within and across countries:

- Urban/rural typology: traditionally the OECD has classified small regions as predominantly urban, intermediate, or predominantly rural regions.

- Access to city typology: small regions are associated to a typology based on their level of access to metropolitan areas (densed and highly populated functionnal urban areas above 250 000 inhabitants).

> OECD Territorial grid (pdf)http://stats.oecd.org/wbos/fileview2.aspx?IDFile=cebce94d-9474-4ffc-b72a-d731fbdb75b9> List of regions and typologies (xls)http://stats.oecd.org/wbos/fileview2.aspx?IDFile=db68c5c3-5fd5-465c-b25b-b50aa14c2da1> Methodology to define rural/urban typologyhttps://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/defining-regions-and-functional-urban-areas_5j8l8fgd288t.pdf?itemId=%2Fcontent%2Fcomponent%2Freg_cit_glance-2018-50-en&mimeType=pdf> Methodology to define access to city typologyhttps://doi.org/10.1787/b902cc00-en
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> Regional statistics introductory pagehttp://www.oecd.org/gov/regional/statisticsindicators> Regions and Cities at a Glance (report)https://www.oecd.org/governance/oecd-regions-and-cities-at-a-glance-26173212.htmDate last input received

Latest update: March 2020.