Monday, January 14, 2019

Population Centre -Defining Thresholds for Population Density

I have had a question from a researcher who is looking at population density and is confused by the definitions provided for the 2016 “Population  Centre”  Classification.

The definition on the website notes that a “population centre” is  an area with a population of at least 1,000 and a density of 400 or more people per square kilometre.

There is also some discussion of using “a secondary population density threshold,” but the researcher is having a challenging trying to determine what the upper threshold is. Would someone be able to help?

Subject matter has responded with the following:

“Please refer your client to the Census Dictionary discussion on POPCTR. Here they will find the 3 thresholds and a more comprehensive explanation on the concept. Please let us know if you have any follow up questions.”