In France, a pôle urbain is a statistical area defined by INSEE (France's national statistics office) for the measurement of contiguously built-up areas. It shares the same definition as a unité urbaine ("urban area"), but differing in that it is not contained within the couronne périurbaine (commuter belt) of any other pôle urbain; in other words, a pôle urbain is an urban area that is a core of demographic growth. Please see unité urbaine and aire urbaine for more detail.
- urban area, the North American counterpart
- unité urbaine, a related concept
- aire urbaine, a related concept
- ^ INSEE. Nomeclatures, Définitions, Méthodes. "Pôle Urbain: définition.". Retrieved September 23, 2005.
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