Larger urban zone
The definition was introduced in 2004 by Eurostat, the statistical agency of the European Union (EU), in agreement with the national statistics offices in the member states. Eurostat data is provided on cities in the EU, its candidate countries and EFTA countries. Several cities were excluded by definition from the 2004 list of LUZs on technical, definitional grounds, such as the coincidence of the metropolitan area with the urban zone.
The LUZ represents an attempt at a harmonised definition of the metropolitan area. Eurostat's objective was to have an area from which a significant share of the residents commute into the city, a concept known as the "functional urban region." To ensure a good data availability, Eurostat adjusts the LUZ boundaries to administrative boundaries that approximate the functional urban region.
In 2006 LUZ definitions were changed significantly, improving the comparability of LUZ definitions across different countries, and allowing for almost all cities to be included.
List of larger urban zones
This is a list of larger urban zones. The Urban Audit also includes cities from EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and EU candidate countries. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) uses a similar definition of Functional Urban Area to represent population sizes of cities in OECD countries. This data is also included.
|Larger urban zone||Country||OECD Population (2014)||Eurostat Population (2006)||Eurostat Population (2016)|
|Amsterdam metropolitan area||2,452,659||2,497,000||2,437,114|
|Barcelona metropolitan area||3,846,697||4,082,000||5,445,616|
|Birmingham (West Midlands)||1,957,078||3,701,107||2,332,629|
|Bordeaux||1,175,699||No data||No data|
|Bucharest metropolitan area||No data||2,158,558||2,403,107|
|Budapest metropolitan area||2,879,601||2,523,000||2,971,246|
|Dublin Metropolitan Area||1,836,119||1,261,332||1,263,035|
|Gdansk||1,105,467||No data||No data|
|The Hague||906,897||1,404,000||No data|
|Hamburg Metropolitan Region||3,008,841||2,983,000||3,173,871|
|Hanover||1,217,511||No data||No data|
|Helsinki Metropolitan Area||1,498,050||1,285,000||1,532,309|
|Katowice metropolitan area||2,589,349||3,029,000||2,743,929|
|Kraków metropolitan area||1,362,740||1,236,000||1,276,438|
|West Yorkshire (Bradford - Leeds)||1,774,552||2,302,000||2,238,127|
|Lisbon Metropolitan Area||2,886,662||2,591,000||2,839,908|
|London metropolitan area||12,401,188||13,709,000||14,031,830|
|Madrid metropolitan area||7,079,173||5,263,000||6,378,297|
|Mannheim||1,230,276||No data||No data|
|Milan metropolitan area||4,159,854||4,136,000||4,267,946|
|Naples metropolitan area||4,475,682||4,654,259||4,127,390|
|Nuremberg Metropolitan Region||1,169,367||1,443,000||1,301,504|
|Ostrava||no data||no data||1,119,593|
|Paris metropolitan area||12,037,889||11,175,000||12,005,077|
|Porto Metropolitan Area||1,313,829||1,245,000||1,286,111|
|Rhein-Nord (Düsseldorf - Neuss)||1,427,823||3,073,000||No Data|
|Rhein-Süd (Cologne - Bonn)||1,926,073||3,070,000||3,023,545|
|Rome metropolitan area||4,149,364||3,190,000||3,700,000|
|Ruhr area||No data||5,376,000||5,045,784|
|Saarbrücken - Forbach||570,479||1,102,000||822,128|
|South Yorkshire (Sheffield)||920,128||1,569,000||1,596,298|
|Stuttgart Metropolitan Region||1,965,942||2,289,000||2,678,795|
|Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area||975,439||1,052,000||1,166,914|
|Toulouse||1,309,149||No data||No data|
|Turin metropolitan area||1,774,507||1,601,000||2,302,353|
|Warsaw metropolitan area||3,037,890||2,785,000||3,304,641|
|Zürich metropolitan area||1,246,968||1,615,000||1,984,534|
List of larger urban zones by population as of 2004
This is a list of larger urban zones by population as of 2004. The 2004 Urban Audit also includes cities from EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and EU candidate countries, although the only candidate country for which there is available data is Turkey. Some cities, including Marseille, Lille, Nice, Cordoba, Badajoz, Toulon and Montpellier were excluded from the 2004 list on technical, definitional grounds, such as the coincidence of the metropolitan area with the urban zone.
|Rank||Larger urban zone||Country||Population||Area (km²)|
|13||Upper Silesian Industrial Region||2,710,397||2,650.65|
|58||Newcastle upon Tyne||1,055,600||3,385|
Eurostat's Urban Audit is about much more than demographics. In order for it to be useful as a policy tool to the European Commission and other authorities it contains data for over 250 indicators across the following domains:
- Social Aspects
- Economic Aspects
- Civic Involvement
- Training and Education
- Travel and Transport
- Information Society
- Culture and Recreation
- Part of the Randstad polycentric urban region consisting of the metropolitan areas of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht (982,000). The total population of the region is 7,100,000.
- The Flemish Diamond metropolitan region, which consists of the metropolitan areas of Brussels, Antwerp, Gent, and Leuven, has a total population of 5,103,000.
- Total population is 4,251,000 if the metropolitan area of Mataro (169,000) is included.
- Part of the wider Öresund region, which includes the Swedish metropolitan area of Malmö (961,000). The total regional population is 2,842,000.
- Part of the Rhein-Main metropolitan region with a total population of 4,149,000, which additionally includes the metropolitan areas of Darmstadt (501,000), Wiesbaden (453,000), and Mainz (431,000).
- Part of the polycentric Upper Silesian urban region with a total population of 5,294,000. The region additionally includes the metropolitan areas of Ostrava (1,046,000), Bielsko-Biala (584,000) and Rybnik (526,000).
- Leeds and Bradford counted separately.
- Kortrijk not included.
- Part of the wider Lille-Bassin Minier region with a total population of 3,115,000.
- Part of a wider polycentric urban region with a population of 6,011,000.
- When combined with the Augsburg metropolitan area (606,000), the region has a total population of 3,271,000.
- Part of a wider polycentric urban region with a population of 3,714,000.
- Part of a wider polycentric urban region with a population of 1,778,000.
- Excludes Southampton
- Polycentric metropolitan area
- Excludes Neuss.
- Part of the polycentric urban region of Rhein-Ruhr, which has a total population of 12,190,000.
- Excludes Bonn which has a population of 750,370
- Excludes Bonn
- Essen, Bochum, and Dortmund counted separately.
- Saarbrücken only
- Total population is 1,262,000 if the metropolitan area of Utrera (82,000) is included.
- Total population is 1,716,000 if the metropolitan of Pinerolo is included.
- Excludes Sunderland
- Total population is 1,499,000 if the metropolitan area of Sagunto is included.
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