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Table 2 Distribution of settlement types in each study area categorised according to Scottish Household Survey Classification [8]

From: Clinical peripherality: development of a peripherality index for rural health services

SHOS category number and description West Highland Inverness
2: Urban areas
(10,000 – 125,000 population)
5% 84%
3: Accessible small towns
(3 – 10,000 population within 30 minutes drive of a settlement of 10,000 or more)
5% 16%
4–7: Remote rural settlements and remote small towns (30–60 minutes from a settlement of 10,000 or more) 17% 0%
8: Very remote rural
(settlements of <3,000 and over 60 minutes from a settlement of >= 10,000)
73% 0%
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