Regional Statistics

We support evidence-based policy to improve people's well-being in all regions and cities through testing and producing new indicators, methods and analysis, and promoting the use of data and indicators in all phases of policymaking.

What is a Metropolitan Area?

For the OECD and the European Commission, Metropolitan Areas extend beyond cities to include cities’ commuting zones.


Areas of Work

Data for policy


Geographical definitions


Networks and Communities




Data visualisation tools

Regions and Cities Statistical Atlas

Regions and Cities Statistical Atlas

Access web tool  

Download the flyer

Cities in the world

A new perspective on urbanisation

The Cities in the World web tool shows indicators for all cities and metropolitan areas in the world with at least 50 thousand inhabitants.

You can view (and download) the boundaries of metropolitan areas and see indicators on population and built-up areas over time. Choose your city!

Access web tool


Read Policy Highlights


Measuring the distance to the SDGs

Measuring the distance to the SDGs in regions and cities

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), subnational governments need to know where they stand today with respect to the 2030 Agenda. 

With its more than 100 indicators, this OECD tool measures the distance towards the SDGs in more than 600 regions and 600 cities of OECD and partner countries.

Access web tool


Learn more about the project


Regional well-being

How's life where you are?

This web tool allows you to measure well-being in your region and compare it with 402 other OECD regions based on nine topics central to the quality of our lives.

Access web tool



Statistical Databases

OECD Regional Database

The OECD Regional Database provides a unique set of comparable statistics and indicators on about 2000 regions in 30 countries.

How does your region compare? Access Database


What is a region? See Territorial Grid

OECD Metropolitan Database

Compare the performance of nearly 300 metropolitan areas in OECD countries on 45 key indicators.

How does your Metropolitan compare? Access Database


What is a Metropolitan area? See Functional Urban Areas


Cities in the World

Firms Dynamics

Intra-Urban Inequalities

Key Publications

Read more on OECD iLibrary