Urban rural definitions Cameroon census data 1976, 1987, 2005


Is there any documentation describing the definitions for rural vs. urban areas, specifically what population size/density consistutes rural or urban? I can’t seem to locate this information. The data sets I am using are the Cameroon 1976, 1987 and 2005 census data.

Thank you.



The definitions for urban and rural can be found in the Comparability tab for URBAN. This is what it says for Cameroon:

The 1987 and 2005 samples both define urban and rural areas in the same way. Urban areas are groups of cities, and rural areas are groups of villages. A city is defined as an entity which either has an administrative function (i.e. headquarters of a district), or has a population of at least 5,000 inhabitants and the following facilities: a complete primary school, a developed health center, water supply and electricity facilities, and a daily market. A village is a traditional unit headed by a third class chief, and made up of one or more localities or towns (an inhabited site with boundaries, identified by a name recognized by the people).

Hope this helps!



Thank you for the quick response!