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Urban area

Definition

Urban area: an urban area or a " big urban area " is a group of touching municipalities, without pockets of clear land, encompassing an urban centre (urban unit) providing at least 10 000 jobs, and by rural districts or an urban units (urban periphery) among which at least 40 % of employed resident population works in the centre or in the municipalities attracted by this centre.

The 2010 zoning of urban areas also distinguishes:

- The " average areas ", a group of municipalities, without pockets of clear land, constituted by a centre from 5 000 to 10 000 jobs, and by rural districts or urban units among which at least 40 % of the employed resident population works in the centre or in the municipalities which are attracted by this centre.

- The " small areas ", a group of municipalities, without pockets of clear land, constituted by a centre from 1 500 to 5 000 jobs, and by rural districts or urban units among which at least 40 % of the employed resident population works in the centre or in the municipalities attracted by this centre.