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What is Rural Urban Classification data?

The Rural Urban Classification is an Official Statistic provided by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and is used to distinguish rural and urban areas. The Classification defines areas as rural if they fall outside of settlements with more than 10,000 resident population.  For more information on this dataset see https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/2011-rural-urban-classification.

Within Active Places Power, the Rural Urban Classification (RUC) is a single map layer classifying each Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) with its RUC setting.  See Map > Map Layers > Environment Data > Rural Urban Classification.  Eight classifications are defined within the single map layer.  They are:   

  • A1 - Urban major conurbation

  • B1 - Urban minor conurbation

  • C1 - Urban city and town

  • C2 - Urban city and town (sparse)

  • D1 - Rural town and fringe

  • D2 - Rural town and fringe (sparse)

  • E1 - Rural village and dispersed

  • E2 - Rural village and dispersed (sparse)