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  • DEFINITION

    An annual 'volume' of current information in descriptive and/or statistical form, sometimes limited to a special field.

    EXAMPLE OF USE

    National statistical offices are in the best position to distinguish between urban and rural-type areas in their own countries (UN/ECOSOC 1998:31). Nevertheless, it is important to have a constant, if incomplete, definition of rurality so that comparisons are feasible. The UN Demographic Yearbook classifies populations periodically into size-groups of locality, but only for a minority of nations and usually only down to 20,000 (Atchoarena and Gasperini, 2003: 38).