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A metropolitan area is generally defined as consisting of an urban area, conurbation or agglomeration, together with the surrounding area to which it is closely economically and socially integrated through commuting.

The European Union's ESPON project has defined a harmonised series of metropolitan areas across Europe, made up of two components: Morphological Urban Areas (MUAs), which are similar to urban areas and form the densely populated urban cores of metropolitan areas; and Functional Urban Areas (FUAs) which form the labour basin surrounding Morphological Urban Areas.[1]

Morphological Urban Areas have been calculated by combining contiguous NUTS-5 areas with population densities greater than 650 inhabitants per square kilometre, with Functional Urban Areas then being calculated by combining surrounding NUTS-5 areas where 10% or more of the workforce works within the core Morphological Urban Area.[2]

According to the harmonised European definition, there were seven FUAs in the Republic of Ireland.

Functional Urban Areas in the Republic of Ireland[edit]

Source[3]

Rank Functional Urban Area FUA population (2001) Morphological Urban Area within FUA MUA population (2001)
1 Dublin 1,477,000 Dublin 1,070,000
2 Cork 374,000 Cork 192,000
3 Limerick 254,000 Limerick 84,000
4 Galway 174,000 Galway 66,000
5 Waterford 101,000 Waterford 47,000
6 Dundalk 95,000 Dundalk 33,000
7 Tralee 71,000 Tralee 21,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MUAs and FUAs delineation" (pdf). ESPON project 1.4.3 Study on Urban Functions. European Spatial Planning Observation Network]. 2007. p. 8. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  2. ^ "The methodology" (pdf). ESPON project 1.4.3 Study on Urban Functions. European Spatial Planning Observation Network]. 2007. p. 17. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  3. ^ "Republic of Ireland urban pattern: population data" (pdf). ESPON project 1.4.3 Study on Urban Functions. 2007. p. 68. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)

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