Regional development

Regional Statistics and Indicators


Statistical Databases






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The OECD Regional Database provides a unique set of comparable statistics and indicators on about 2 000 regions in 36 OECD countries, plus China, Colombia, India, Peru, the Russian Federation, South Africa and Tunisia.  It currently encompasses yearly time series for around 40 indicators of demography, economic accounts, labour market, social and innovation themes in the OECD member countries and other economies.

What is a region? See Territorial Grid.

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The OECD Metropolitan Database provides a set of economic, environmental, social, labour market and demographic estimated indicatos on the 649 OECD metropolitan areas (functional urban areas with 250 000 or more inhabitants).

What is a Metropolitan area? See the definition of Functional urban Areas in OECD Countries.


Interactive Tools





Regional Well-being web tool allows you to measure well-being in your region and compare it with 402 other OECD regions based on nine topics central to the quality of our lives.





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Use the Metro eXplorer web-tool to compare demographic trends, economic, social and environmental performance of metropolitan areas in OECD countries.






Regions Data Interactive unlocks the wealth of regional information to help you better see, use and share the range of data and findings that shape our regions. It also provides interactive country profiles.




  ‌oecd regions and cities at a glance 2018  


This report looks at how regions and cities across the OECD are progressing towards stronger economies, higher quality of life for their citizens and more inclusive societies. This edition presents regional and metropolitan updates for more than 40 indicators to assess disparities within countries and their evolution since the turn of the new millennium.
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The OECD Regions  and Cities at a Glance series compares major regional patterns and trends across OECD countries and diffuses the statistical tools elaborated by the Working Party on Territorial Indicators for the analysis of regional economies.

Previous editions:  2005 Edition 2007 Edition | 2009 Edition | 2011 Edition |  2013 Edition | 2016 Edition


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See our country profiles.



This report provides an assessment of spatial inequalities and segregation in cities and metropolitan areas from multiple perspectives. The chapters in the report focus on a subset of OECD countries and non-member economies, and provide new insights on cross-cutting issues for city neighbourhooods, such as the patterns of segregation across income groups, migrant concentration and diversity across cities of different sizes, the role of public transport accessibility in widening intra-city inequalities, and the expected path dependency on outcomes related to segregation. The report also discusses methodological alternatives for measuring different dimensions of inequality and segregation across cities, and highlights the role of public policies in bridging urban divides and the relevance of the scale of analysis in order to make sound international comparisons.
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The Geography of Firm Dynamics provides methods and data to measure and analyse business demography across OECD regions. It first discusses the methodological challenges of measuring consistently the creation and destruction of businesses at the subnational scale and from an international perspective. Second, it presents a novel database that not only makes such comparison possible but also provides the basis for an analysis of the major trends in business dynamics across regions. The report identifies regional factors that are associated with entrepreneurship and also examines the impact of business creation on regional employment. The Geography of Firm Dynamics provides a tool for national and local policy makers to design strategies for healthier business environments that are tailored to the specific characteristics of each region, thereby boosting prosperity. More about the report...


The Working Party on Territorial Indicators


The Working Party on Territorial Indicators brings together international experts from all OECD countries to carry out statistical work on the measurement of regional economies.

Workshops organised by the WPTI include:




Workshop on Modernising Statistical Systems

5 November 2018, Paris

The OECD Working Party on Territorial Indicators organised a Workshop to discuss, among NSOs and other country and institution representatives interested in regional development, how the modernisation of statistical systems can improve territorial information. It focused on four pathfinder themes of relevance within the field of regional development policy, addressing different features that characterise the process of modernisation of national statistical systems for better data and information on regions and cities.


Ongoing Projects




With over half the world's population now living in urban areas, defining a cities and metropolitan areas is critical in order to reflect the reality of where people live and work, as well as the connections between cities and surrounding areas.

harmonised definition of cities has been developed by the OECD, in collaboration with the EU. This definition is applied to 34 OECD countries and identifies over 1,100 functional urban areas of different sizes and that can extend across administrative boundaries. 

The 649 metropolitan areas refer to the functional urban areas with population above 250 000. 

The OECD work enables comparison across a range of indicators in metropolitan areas. This video presents key facts on metropolitan areas in OECD countries and a demonstration of how to use the Metro eXplorer database.

The OECD is now extending the concept of functional urban areas at the global level. See the methodological paper and results


Related publications and documents




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