The solution is not just changing our understanding of urbanization based on statistical measures but an economic classification
Although India continues to be a largely rural country with 69% of its population in villages in 2011, there are signs of change which have important consequences for its economic geography. Between 2001 and 2011, growth in urban population at 32% was almost three times the growth in rural population at 12%. But more important was the fact that a significant part of this growth was contributed by small towns and census towns. The number of census towns increased by three times, with census 2011 recording 3,894 census towns as against 1,362 in 2001. It is important to note that census towns are defined as towns based on the census definition of urban areas but are administratively treated as villages.