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Scottish Executive Urban Rural Classification 2005-2006

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Scottish Executive
Office of the Permanent Secretary

Office of the Chief Statistician
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh EH1 3DG

Telephone: 0131-244 4092
Fax: 0131-244 0335
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats

August 2006

SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE URBAN RURAL CLASSIFICATION 2005-2006

I am pleased to enclose a copy of the latest version of the Scottish Executive Urban Rural Classification.

The Scottish Executive is committed to ensuring that rural and remote communities have their distinct needs reflected across the range of government policy and initiatives. This classification supports the commitment and develops our understanding of the issues facing urban, rural and remote Scotland.

The Scottish Executive Urban Rural Classification 2005-2006 updates the 2003-2004 version with the latest available population settlement and drive time estimates. The definitions of urban and rural areas underlying the classification are unchanged.

The Scottish Executive Urban Rural Classification (previously called the Scottish Household Survey Urban Rural Classification) was first released in 2000 and is consistent with the Executive's core definition of rurality which defines settlements of 3,000 or less people to be rural. It also classifies areas as remote based on drive times from settlements of 10,000 or more people.

The download available here includes background information and guidance on the use of the classification and also the geographic information to allow organisations to use the classification. The wider dissemination and use of the classification will improve the evidence base on urban, rural and remote Scotland. Before using the Scottish Executive Urban Rural Classification you should read and accept the attached licence.

Yours sincerely

JOHN FRASER