Spotlight on urban–rural differences / Eurofound News, October 2014

Between 2007 and 2011, Europe became a predominantly urban continent. A majority of people (51%) now live in urban areas (up from 47% in 2007).

A new report in the Foundation Findings series, based on results from the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), explores differences in quality of life between urban and rural Europe. While people in urban areas have higher incomes, this does not necessarily mean they have a higher standard of living and are less exposed to deprivation and hardship, as costs are higher in cities and there is greater inequality in general. The research finds that a larger proportion of urban dwellers have low trust in local government and are less satisfied with their accommodation than people in rural areas. Social exclusion is a factor common to both areas although stemming from different causes: arising from remoteness and inaccessibility in the countryside and from complex factors such as unemployment in cities which prevent people from engaging in the social life of the community.

(To be published shortly)

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