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Table 2 Comparison of the numbers of inhabitants and surface areas

From: A generic method for improving the spatial interoperability of medical and ecological databases

  N Surface areaa Number of inhabitantsb
Indexc Median IQRd Indexc Median IQRd
SU_reference
 Communes 36,594 1 10.8 6.4–18.4 1 0.4 0.2–1.1
 Cantons 3708 13.6 146.2 66–209.6 24 10.4 5.5–20.4
 Départements 96 555.3 5986 5153–6811 1249.2 540.9 306.5–855.8
SU_analysis 5632 6.5 70 21.6–147.6 14.6 6.3 3.5–11.8
  1. Comparison of the numbers of inhabitants and surface areas for French administrative spatial units and the SU_analysis spatial unit, via calculation of the decline index for spatial resolution (2014 data)
  2. aSurface area (in square kilometres)
  3. bNumber of inhabitants (in thousands)
  4. cRatio between the median for the spatial unit and the median for the commune
  5. dInterquartile range