Annex 1: Outputs of the Classification

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As outputs of the Urban/Rural Classification, the Scottish Government produces the datasets, maps, and look-ups listed below.  All outputs are available for download from the Urban/Rural Classification website at www.scotland.gov.uk/urbanrural.

•  Scottish Government Urban/Rural Classification 2011-2012 boundaries, 6 and 8-fold

•  Printable Maps of the 6 and 8-fold Urban/Rural Classification 2011-2012

•  Urban/Rural Classification 2011-2012 code descriptions

•  Urban/Rural Postcode Index, 2011-2012

•  Urban/Rural Census Output Area Index, 2011-2012

•  Urban/Rural Data Zone Index, 2011-2012

•  Urban/Rural Settlements Index with Population Estimates, 2011-2012

Scottish Government Urban/Rural Classification 2011-2012 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) High Water Mark coastline.  Fields included in the shapefile are listed below:

UR6FOLD:      6-fold Urban/Rural Classification

UR8FOLD:      8-fold Urban/Rural Classification

Printable Maps of the 6 and 8-fold Urban/Rural Classification 2011-2012

Static maps of the classification are produced at A4 size.  There is one map showing the 6-fold classification boundaries, and another for the 8-fold classification.  Maps are available in either Portable Document File (.pdf) or JPEG format.

Urban/Rural Classification 2011-2012 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 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

Urban/Rural Postcode Index, 2011-2012

The Urban/Rural Classification Postcode Index shows the geographic relationship between postcodes and the Scottish Government Urban/Rural Classification for 2011-2012. The postcode index is created by appending the attributes of (i) the Scottish Government Urban/Rural Classification 2011-2012 to (ii) the NRS Postcode Index 2012, release 1.  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

UR6FOLD:  6-fold Urban/Rural Classification

UR8FOLD:  8-fold Urban/Rural Classification

The Urban/Rural Classification index includes both current and deleted postcodes to allow deleted postcodes to be classified and used in any subsequent analysis.  Large user postcodes are those postcodes that receive more than 50 mail items per day.  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

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.

Urban/Rural Output Area Index, 2011-2012

The Output Area Index shows the relationship between the 2001 Census Output Areas and the Urban/Rural Classification. The Output Area Index is created by appending the attributes of (i) the Scottish Government Urban/Rural Classification 2011-2012 to (ii) the 2001 Output Area population weighted centroids supplied by NRS.  Fields included in the index are listed below:

OutputArea:  Census Output Area code

UR6FOLD:     6-fold Urban/Rural Classification

UR8FOLD:     8-fold Urban/Rural Classification

Urban/Rural Data Zone Index, 2011-2012

The Data Zone Index shows the relationship between data zones and the Urban/Rural Classification. Each data zone has been assigned to the category of the classification upon the location of it’s population weighted centroid.  Fields included in the index are listed below:

DZ_CODE:    Data Zone code

UR2FOLD:     2-fold Urban/Rural Classification

UR6FOLD:     6-fold Urban/Rural Classification

UR8FOLD:     8-fold Urban/Rural Classification

Note that the 2-fold classification has also been included for this index.  The 2-fold classification simply differentiates between urban and rural areas. For the 6-fold classification those with a value 1 - 4 are classed as Urban and those with a value 5 - 6 are classed as Rural.

Urban/Rural Settlements Index with Population Estimates, 2011-2012

The Settlements Index provides the Urban/Rural Classification for all NRS Settlements, and their corresponding population estimates.  Fields included in the index are listed below:

SETT_CODE:            Settlement code

SETT_NAME:            Settlement Name

POPEST2010:           Mid-2010 Population Estimate

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

UR6FOLD:                6-fold Urban/Rural Classification

UR8FOLD:                8-fold Urban/Rural Classification

 

 

 

 

 

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