Thessaloniki Urban Area
The Thessaloniki Urban Area (Greek: Πολεοδομικό Συγκρότημα Θεσσαλονίκης) is the contiguous densely built-up urban area around the municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece, which is the second largest municipality by population in the country behind Athens. The contiguous built-up area consists of 13 municipalities and forms the urban core of the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area. This urban area is referred to as the "City of Thessaloniki", as there is no clear visual distinction or geographic barrier between the municipality of Thessaloniki and the other municipalities of the area. The largest of the municipalities, in terms of population is the municipality of Thessaloniki and is commonly called and referred to as the Kentro, meaning 'center' or 'downtown'. In the 2001 Greek census, the municipalities of the urban area had a combined population of 786,212 inhabitants, while their combined land area was 111.703 km².
Following the Kallikratis reform, as of 1 January 2011, the 13 municipalities that made up the urban area are now reduced to six self-governing municipalities (Greek: Δήμοι) and one municipal unit (Greek: Δημοτική ενότητα).
The table below lists the municipalities of the Thessaloniki Urban Area prior to the Kallikratis reform, with population and area data from the Greek 2001 Census.
- Οι Δήμοι του Πολεοδομικού Συγκροτήματος Θεσσαλονίκης (in Greek). tedk.gr. Retrieved 2010-05-26.