UN-Habitat has now released its Urban Data, providing free and open access to data on 220 countries and 741 cities covering 103 indicators.

The data sets allow comparisons to be made between countries and cities.

The urban indicators data available are analyzed, compiled and published by UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatory which supports governments, local authorities and civil society organizations to develop urban indicators, data and statistics. Urban statistics are collected through household surveys and censuses conducted by national statistics authorities. Global Urban Observatory team analyses and compiles urban indicators statistics from surveys and censuses.  Additionally, Local urban observatories  collect, compile and analyze urban data for national policy development. Population statistics are produced by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Urbanization Prospects.

UN-Habitat’s urban datasets are made available under the Public Domain Dedication and License v1.0 whose full text can be found at: http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/pddl/1.0/

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