Économie et Statistique n° 402 - 2007 Polarisation of employment within households (1975-2002) - France in 1,916 living basins - Access times to facilities in the living basins of market towns and small cities - Economic orientation and local employment growth in the living basins
France in 1,916 living basins
In order to improve analysis of the structuring of rural areas in mainland France, a new spatial nomenclature, a zonal classification in terms of «living basins», has been established. The living basin of a market town or small city is the smallest area which gives its inhabitants access to employment and everyday facilities. Having designated the 1,745 living basins linked to market towns and small cities, 171 territories emerge and are by analogy named «major agglomeration living basins». Living basins are territories structured around their centres which themselves contribute to the hierarchical structuring of the country and constitute a town and country planning tool.