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Settlements and Localities Dataset
Background Information on Settlements and Localities
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A settlement is defined to be a group of high density postcodes whose combined population rounds to 500 people or more. They are separated by low density postcodes.
Localities correspond to the more recognisable towns and cities of Scotland which can be found within settlements. They also have a minimum rounded population of 500 people or more.
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Related Information and Data (available on the National Records of Scotland website).
2001 Census: Key Statistics for Settlements and Localities (Published 25 March 2003)
Scottish Settlements Urban and Rural Areas in Scotland (Published 5 February 2001)
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