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Urban area (UA)

Modified on September 5, 2007

Part A - Plain language definition:

Area with a population of at least 1,000 and no fewer than 400 persons per square kilometre.

Part B - Detailed definition:

An urban area has a minimum population concentration of 1,000 persons and a population density of at least 400 persons per square kilometre, based on the current census population count. All territory outside urban areas is classified as rural. Taken together, urban and rural areas cover all of Canada.

Urban population includes all population living in the urban cores, secondary urban cores and urban fringes of census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and census agglomerations (CAs)>, as well as the population living in urban areas outside CMAs and CAs.

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