Econ 366 Notes (08.25.2008)

Econ 366 Notes (08.25.2008) - ECON-366 Lecture (August...

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ECON-366 Lecture (August 25 th , 2008) In 2008: # people living in rural areas > # people living in urban areas Questions: 1. Why do we need urban areas? 2. Characteristics of urban structure a. Transportation, pollution, etc. ------- 1. What do we mean by “urban area?” a. Varying definitions/interpretations 2. U.S. Statistical Data of Urban Areas 3. Reason why people need urban areas… why they started accumulating there a. Focus is on the economics of it 4. Limits to urban size… why urban areas cannot get infinitely large ------- 1. Definition of Urban Areas Boston has 2.8 million people, of which 20% live in the city of Boston, itself Austin has 537,000 people, of which 64% live in the city of Austin, itself U.S. definition of urban area: any area ≥ 2,500 people per square mile Urban area: a place with a much higher population density than the region overall (minimum 2,500 – 25,000) How a political scientist defines an urban area (legal definition) will differ from how an
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Econ 366 Notes (08.25.2008) - ECON-366 Lecture (August...

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