Measuring sustainable urban development using novel neighborhood classification

Sanna Ala-Mantila, Antti Kurvinen, Aleksi Karhula

Research output: Working paperPreprintScientific


As a result of the ongoing urbanization megatrend, cities have an increasingly critical role in the search for sustainability. To create sustainable strategies for cities and to follow up if they induce desired effects proper metrics on the development of neighborhoods are needed. In this paper, we introduce a neighborhood classification framework and demonstrate its use through an analysis of the 20 largest cities in Finland. The high-quality data available for Finland provided solid grounds for development, but the framework is widely applicable to other locations. The classification is freely available for use and has a multitude of potential applications.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSocArXiv
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2022
Publication typeNot Eligible


  • residential neighborhood classification
  • sustainability
  • urban development
  • urbanization


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