Project Urban Audit is a joint initiative of the European Commission and Eurostat, representing a response to the growing information needs about cities. The main objective of the program is to provide objective and comparable statistics on European cities, among others, in the scope of demography, household structure, housing, health, employment, economic activity, income, community involvement, education, environment, culture and tourism. Eurostat is the coordinator of the work, and the performers are national statistical offices, city halls and local governments.
Until now seven editions were carried out. in The 8th edition of the project is currently underway. Data are collected for the years 2017-2018. The selection of cities for this round was made by Eurostat, the European Commission and the national statistical institutes according to new definition of a city developed by Eurostat and the EC based on degree of urbanization. According to the adopted methodology on the Urban Audit list is now 68 Polish cities.
The project data was collected for the four spatial levels: the city within the administrative boundaries (Core City - C), functional urban areas (previously known as larger urban areas - LUZ), sub-city districts (SCD), and the country. Furthermore since the 5th edition of the project Polish official statistics collects information for new level of spatial aggregation – Greater City (previously Kernel) – which covers the area of Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia.
The project is realized by CSO Regional and Environmental Surveys Division in cooperation with Center for Urban Statistics in Statistical Office in Poznań. The National Urban Audit Coordinator is Małgorzata Stawikowska tel. 022 608 37 83.
All information submitted to the European database are available on the website:
The latest methodological glossary of Urban Audit is available at: