Regional, rural and urban development

OECD Regions at a Glance shows how regions and cities contribute to national economic growth and well-being. This edition updates more than 40 region-by-region indicators to assess disparities within countries and their evolution over the past 15 years. The report covers all the OECD member countries and, where data are available, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, the Russian Federation and South Africa.
New to this edition:
- A comprehensive picture of well-being in the 391 OECD regions based on 11 aspects that shape people's lives: income, jobs, housing, education, health, environment, safety, civic engagement and governance, access to services, social connections, and life satisfaction.  
- Recent trends in subnational government finances and indicators on how competencies are allocated and co-ordinated across levels of governments.


Editorial: Regions and Cities – Key actors for delivery on SDGs
Executive summary
Reader's guide
Well-being in regions11 chapters available
Regions as drivers of national competitiveness16 chapters available
Population and population changes in regions
How metropolitan areas contribute to population change
Regional contributions to GDP growth
Regional economic disparities
Contribution of metropolitan areas to national economies
Regional contributions to change in employment
Productivity growth in regions
Where productivity gains are happening
Regional specialisation and productivity growth
Impact of the crisis on regional economic disparities
Employment and unemployment in metropolitan areas
Regional concentration of innovation related resources
Regions and venture capital
Regional differences in highly-skilled workers
Regional patterns of co-patenting
Patent activity in metropolitan areas
Subnational government finance for regional development8 chapters available
Subnational government spending
Subnational government spending by type
Subnational government spending by economic function
Spending responsibilities across levels of government
Subnational government investment
Subnational government revenue
Subnational government debt
Challenges for infrastructure investment at subnational level
Inclusion and sustainability in regions8 chapters available
Concentration of the elderly and children in regions
Demographic challenges of metropolitan areas
Population mobility among regions
Regional disparities in youth unemployment
Part-time employment in regions
Regional access to health
Municipal waste
Household income in metropolitan areas
Annexes4 chapters available
Defining regions and functional urban areas
Sources and data description
Indexes and estimation techniques
Responsibilities across levels of government
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regional well-being by country











   Czech Republic

   New Zealand








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   United Kingdom


  United States


how's life in your region?OECD


EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) OECD

Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD


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