About this site

The Urban Data Platform is a joint initiative of the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) and the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission.

It aims to provide access to information on the status and trends of European cities and their surrounding regions.

The cities currently included in the Urban Data Platform correspond to the EU-OECD definition ‘A city is a local administrative unit where the majority of the population lives in an urban centre of at least 50 000 inhabitants’. Data on other cities will be available in further instances of the platform

The design and implementation of the Urban Data Platform has been developed by the Land-Use-based Integrated Sustainability Assessment (LUISA) Modelling Platform (https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/luisa).

A catalogue of the presented indicators can be downloaded here.

Further information on the indicators included in this platform can be found in the following reports:

  • European cities: territorial analysis of characteristics and trends - An application of the LUISA Modelling Platform (EU Reference Scenario 2013 - Updated Configuration 2014) (Link)
  • The State of European Cities Report Cities, leading the way to a better future (Link).

In order to see how the Commission helps cities achieve EU objectives, to learn how cities can gain and share knowledge, to get information on funding and other support, please visit also the ‘Cities’ topic page which is under the ‘EU regional and urban development’ domain.