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Urban rural definitions Cameroon census data 1976, 1987, 2005

Is there any documentation describing the definitions for rural vs. urban areas, specifically what population size/density consistutes rural or urban? I can't seem to locate this information. The data sets I am using are the Cameroon 1976, 1987 and 2005 census data.

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The definitions for urban and rural can be found in the Comparability tab for URBAN. This is what it says for Cameroon:

The 1987 and 2005 samples both define urban and rural areas in the same way. Urban areas are groups of cities, and rural areas are groups of villages. A city is defined as an entity which either has an administrative function (i.e. headquarters of a district), or has a population of at least 5,000 inhabitants and the following facilities: a complete primary school, a developed health center, water supply and electricity facilities, and a daily market. A village is a traditional unit headed by a third class chief, and made up of one or more localities or towns (an inhabited site with boundaries, identified by a name recognized by the people).

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Aug 12, 2016 - 01:58 PM

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Thank you for the quick response!


Aug 12, 2016 - 02:21 PM

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