Francisco J. Goerlich, Ernest Reig, Isidro Cantarino

Building a rural/urban typology for Spanish municipalities

This article aims to establish criteria for rigorously define what constitutes a rural or urban area, given the limitations of traditional methodologies. Secondly, a rural / urban typology is proposed at the municipal level for Spain taking into account three criteria: demographics - combining densities with minimum population thresholds — information on land use and the degree of accessibility from the rural world to cities. This results in establishing the existence of six different types of municipalities.

Keywords: Rural/urban typology; population grid; land cover, rural accessibility