Review of the Statistical Classification and Delineation of Settlements (2015)
A subgroup of the Statistics Coordinating Group (SCG) was formed to take forward the review of the statistical classification and delineation of settlements. All Northern Ireland departments were invited to participate in the subgroup, which was chaired by a NISRA Board Member.
This report, published in March 2015, represents an initial report from the subgroup to SCG. It makes a recommendation about a new classification of settlements, and includes a proposed line on an urban-rural classification.
For more information please see Review of the Statistical Classification and Delineation of Settlements (PDF 1.7 MB)
Look up tables for Urban/Rural (2015) will be added to NINIS when available
Statistical Classification and Delineation of Settlements (2005)
The Inter-Departmental Urban-Rural Definition Group produced a report in 2005 entitled ''Statistical Classification and Delineation of Settlements'', which classified each settlement in Northern Ireland into one of eight bands (A-H). They recommended that Government and other users should consider defining ''urban'' and ''rural'' areas in ways which are appropriate for different programmes and projects. In the absence of a programme-specific definition, Bands A-E can be defined as urban and Bands F-H as rural.
For more information please see Statistical Classification and Delineation of Settlements
Look up tables for Urban/Rural Classification (2005) are available under the People and Place Theme
This definition is referred to on Area Profiles on the NINIS website