DAERA produces statistical information containing rural/urban comparisons across a wide range of social and economic issues in order to inform public policy and support urban/rural research. The statistics cover population growth, household characteristics, income and earnings, employment and economic activity, business and investment, telecommunications, health and wellbeing, education, housing, crime, tourism, travel and transport.

DAERA has also carried out a large scale data linkage project, under the auspices of the Administrative Data Research Centre, Northern Ireland, to study the characteristics of farmers and farm families in Northern Ireland.

Farmer equality indicators

This information is drawn from the analysis of a dataset produced through a large scale linkage project carried out in association with the Administrative Data Research Centre, Northern Ireland.

Rural statistics

This information is drawn from the 2011 census, and from surveys and administrative databases across Government. In addition to urban/ rural comparisons, where possible, the data also compares the rural population in terms of distance to Belfast and/or to a medium or large town.

Definitions

The breakdowns shown in these statistics are based on the settlement classifications developed by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) in 2015.

The 2015 classification proposed a default urban / rural population threshold of 5,000. The classification also included a consideration of service provision for each settlement. This was introduced by calculating estimated travel times to the location of a major service provider, operationalised as the town centre of a settlement containing at least 10,000 usual residents. Accordingly, areas have been classified by whether they are within a 20 or 30 minute drive-time of the centre of a settlement containing at least 10,000 usual residents. Areas were further classified according to their distance from Belfast.

NISRA produced urban / rural lookup tables based on these classifications at a number of administrative and statistical geographies and these are available on the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service website.

Statistics containing rural/urban comparisons across a range of social and economic issues.  These statistics will inform public policy and associated debate in the wider society. 

Infographics

Data tables

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