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Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2016

Published: 29 Mar 2018
Part of:
Statistics
ISBN:
9781788516204

2016 Urban Rural Classification. Classification identifying urban and rural areas based on settlement size and drive times. Update on 2013-2014 Classification.

25 page PDF

1.4 MB

Contents
Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2016
Annex 1: Outputs of the Classification

Annex 1: Outputs of the Classification

The following boundaries, datasets, maps, and look-ups are produced as outputs of the Scottish Government Urban Rural (SGUR) Classification. All outputs are available for download from the Urban Rural Classification website at http://www.gov.scot/urbanrural.

  • SGUR 2016 boundaries
  • Printable maps of the 2-, 3-, 6- and 8-fold SGUR 2016
  • SGUR 2016 code descriptions
  • Postcode 2017_2 to SGUR 2016 lookup
  • Census 2011 Output Area to SGUR 2016 lookup
  • Data Zone 2011 to SGUR 2016 lookup
  • Settlements 2016 to SGUR 2016 lookup
  • Population tables
  • Land Area tables
  • Storymap

Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification (SGUR) 2016 boundaries

Digital boundaries of the Urban Rural Classification are created and supplied in ESRI shapefile (.shp) format. The dataset has full coverage for Scotland and is clipped to the Ordnance Survey (OS) Mean High Water coastline. Fields included in the shapefile are listed below:

UR2FOLD: 2-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR3FOLD: 3-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR6FOLD: 6-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR8FOLD: 8-fold Urban Rural Classification

The shapefile can be accessed from urban rural classification record on the Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure website.

Printable Maps of the 2-, 3-, 6- and 8-fold SGUR 2016

Static maps of the classification are produced at A4 size. There are maps showing the 2-, 3-, 6- and 8-fold classifications, both with and without OS background mapping. Maps are available in Portable Document File (.pdf) format.

SGUR 2016 code descriptions

Two look-ups are also produced detailing the categories of the classification, one for the 6-fold and another for the 8-fold version. The class code is given, along with the name of the category and a detailed text description. Fields included in the look-ups are listed below:

URCLASS: 6 or 8-fold Urban Rural Class

URNAME: 6 or 8-fold Urban Rural Class Name

URDESC: 6 or 8-fold Urban Rural Class Description

Postcode 2017_2 to SGUR 2016 lookup

The postcode to SGUR lookup shows the geographic relationship between 2017_1 postcode centroids and the SGUR 2016. Fields included in the index are listed below:

POSTCODE: Small and large user postcode units, both current and deleted

INT_DATE: Date that the postcode came into use

DEL_DATE: Date that the postcode was removed from use

TYPE: Whether the postcode is a larger user, and if it is split

LINKPC: Linked Small User Postcode

SPLIT_IND: Split Indicator

CA_CODE: Council area S-code

UR2FOLD: 2-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR3FOLD: 3-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR6FOLD: 6-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR8FOLD: 8-fold Urban Rural Classification

The lookup includes both current and deleted postcodes to allow deleted postcodes to be classified and used in any subsequent analysis.

The TYPE field identifies whether the postcode is a small user, large user, and if it is split. The TYPE field uses the following codes:

0 = Small user postcode

A = Split small user postcode

L = Large user postcode matched with small user postcode – no split area

Z = Large user postcode matched with a split small user postcode

Large user postcodes are those postcodes that receive more than 50 mail items per day. All Large users postcodes are allocated linked small user postcodes.

A split postcode occurs when a postcode straddles two or more Local Authority boundaries, or when a postcode straddles the Scottish/English border, or where an island shares a postcode with the mainland or another island. The most populous part is identified by suffix A and the smaller parts by suffixes B, C etc. Split postcodes have been stripped out of the Urban Rural Classification Index and only the largest part (in terms of households, identified by an ‘A’) is included in the index. For large user postcodes which have a split small user linked postcode, the ‘A’ part of the split should be used to determine the relevant urban rural classification.

Census 2011 Output Area to SGUR 2016 lookup

The Output Area to SGUR lookup shows the relationship between the Census Output Area 2011 population weighted centroids and SGUR 2016. Fields included in the index are listed below:

OUTPUTAREA: Census Output Area code

UR2FOLD: 2-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR3FOLD: 3-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR6FOLD: 6-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR8FOLD: 8-fold Urban Rural Classification

Data Zone 2011 to SGUR 2016 lookup

The Data Zone to SGUR lookup shows the relationship between Data Zones 2011 population weighted centroids and SGUR 2016. Fields included in the index are listed below:

DZ_CODE: Data Zone code

UR2FOLD: 2-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR3FOLD: 3-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR6FOLD: 6-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR8FOLD: 8-fold Urban Rural Classification

Settlements 2016 to SGUR 2016 lookup

The Settlements to SGUR lookup shows the relationship between Settlements 2016 population weighted centroids and SGUR 2016, and includes the population estimates for Settlements. Fields included in the index are listed below:

SETT_CODE: Settlement code

SETT_NAME: Settlement Name

POPEST2016: Mid-2016 Population Estimate

POP_CLASS: Population Class Name (i.e. Large Urban Areas, etc)

UR2FOLD: 2-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR3FOLD: 3-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR6FOLD: 6-fold Urban Rural Classification

UR8FOLD: 8-fold Urban Rural Classification

Population Tables

Percentage population estimates are provided for the 6-fold and 8-fold SGUR 2016 for Council Areas, Health Boards, Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies, Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies and Multi-Member Wards. The population data are based on 2016 mid-year estimates. The data are available in an Excel spreadsheet, with a separate tab for each lookup. Note that rows in these tables may not add up to 100 because of rounding.

Land Area tables

Land area and proportion of land area figures are available for the 2-, 3-, 6- and 8-fold classifications. The figures give the area to mean high water, excluding areas of inland water larger than 1km2, based on building the SGUR2016 categories from Census Output Areas 2011 (i.e. using the OA2011_SGUR16_Lookup file).

Storymap

A storymap has been created to give an introduction to the classification, including comparisons with other UK classifications.


Contact

Email: Geographic Information Science & Analysis Team