Urban Europe – Statistics on Cities and Towns


Eurostat has published a report which provides detailed information for the urban landscape of Europe. and paints a picture of urban developments and urban life in the EU Member States, as well as European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and candidate countries.

Statistics is an important tool for analysing changing patterns of urban development and the impact that policy decisions have on life in our cities, towns and suburbs. Too often, policy decisions, pre-feasibility studies and feasibility studies are based on statistically questionable data. This report is a very useful source of facts, which can be used to enhance analysis.

Each chapter presents statistical information in the form of maps, tables and figures, accompanied by a description of the policy context and a set of main findings.

The report consists of two parts:

  • The first part focuses on the opportunities and challenges cities bring, the size and spatial distribution of urban development, the dominance of capital cities, the development of smart and green cities, as well as tourism and culture in cities.
  • The second part concentrates on the people who are born, live and work in cities. It begins with a broad description of life in cities and subsequently focuses on working in cities, the housing situation in cities, migration, poverty and social exclusion as well as satisfaction and quality of life in cities.

The publication is free and can be downloaded on this link.