Typology of municipalities and urban-rural typology

The typology of municipalities 2012 is based on the model used to define the Areas with urban character 2012, which uses criteria that are both morphological (density) and functional (commuter flows). It comprises 9 or 25 categories. The 9 categories are defined using the criteria of density, size and accessibility. Socio-economic criteria are added for the subdivision into 25 categories.

The urban-rural typology 2012 is derived from the typology of municipalities in 9 categories and consists of 3 categories: in addition to the "urban and "rural" categories, an "intermediate" category has been introduced.

Detailed information on the spatial divisions can be found here : Spatial divisions

Fact sheet


Federal Statistical Office Section Environment, Sustainable Development, Territory
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