Statistcs Denmark defines towns or cities as areas with more than 200 residents in a continuous settlement with no more than 200 meters between residential structures. In 2015 there were 19 such areas in Aarhus Municipality, the largest being the city of Aarhus with some 260.000 inhabitants while some 50.000 people lived in urban areas elsewhere in the municipality. In 2013 Beder and Malling was officially counted as a single conurbation for the first time. Towns in the municipality are generally considered satellites of Aarhus.
The city of Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark, the principal port on the east coast of Jutland, and the seat of Denmark's second-largest bishopric. Until 31 December 2006 it was the council site for the now abolished Aarhus County.