Urban Data Platform by EU Commission

The Urban Data Platform (http://urban.jrc.ec.europa.eu/) 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).

The Platform’s presented indicators include  the following sets: Demography, Urban Development, Economic Development, Transport and Accessibility, Environment and Climate, Resource Efficient, Social Issues. A catalogue of the presented indicators can be downloaded here.

Everything in the Platform is dynamic offering comparisons between cities and indicators. The charts and maps can be downloaded in png or pdf file formats.


Further information on the indicators included in the Urban Data 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).