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Global city size hierarchy: Spatial patterns, regional features, and implications for China
Fang, Chuanglin1,2,3; Pang, Bo4; Liu, Haimeng2,3
2017-08-01
Source PublicationHABITAT INTERNATIONAL
ISSN0197-3975
Volume66Pages:149-162
Corresponding AuthorLiu, Haimeng(haimengliu@163.com)
AbstractCity size hierarchy and distribution are always at the heart of urban studies, as they have a special ability to reveal the rules of city development and urban system spatial layouts. There is however a data deficiency with regard to city size hierarchy and distribution; in particular, an absence of complete statistics and spatial differences from the global perspective. To fill this research gap, this paper investigates global city size hierarchy based on 2014 data of more than 190 countries and regions by using classic models of "rank-size" rule, the fractal theory and the law of the primate city. We analyzed the spatial patterns, regional features, and implications for China from multi-scale and multi-dimension perspectives. The results show that: (1) There is an obvious pyramid structure of global city size distribution, but differences exist among countries and regions with different economic development types, suggesting a feature of "various types with pyramid dominated"; (2) The primate feature of global city size distribution is not very obvious. However, the primacy ratios of developed countries are much higher than others, and significant differences exist among different regions; (3) The global Zipf exponent and Hausdorff dimension are 0.66 and 1.29, respectively. Cities with middle ranks are in the majority, and the monopoly power of large and super cities is effective to a certain extent, indicating a decreasing concentration tendency in the city size distribution and a convergence trend in terms of relative population size, especially with regard to the medium and small cities; (4) The medium and small cities develop swiftly with limited agglomeration effect of large cities, and Chinese cities would significantly influence global urban progress and spatial patterns. Therefore, developing 780-800 cities will be reasonable for China's urbanization efforts by 2030. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
KeywordCity size hierarchy Distribution pattern Regional features Urban agglomerations Zipf's law Global scale China
DOI10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.06.002
WOS KeywordZIPFS LAW ; URBAN HIERARCHY ; CITIES ; DISTRIBUTIONS ; GROWTH ; KNOWLEDGE ; LINKAGES ; SYSTEM
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectMajor Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China[41590842] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41371177]
Funding OrganizationMajor Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China ; National Natural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Public Administration ; Urban Studies
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Studies ; Planning & Development ; Urban Studies
WOS IDWOS:000407403600016
PublisherPERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/61317
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorLiu, Haimeng
Affiliation1.Xinjiang Univ, Urumqi 830046, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Coll Resources & Environm, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
4.China Film Arch, Chinese Film Art Res Ctr, Beijing 100142, Peoples R China
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Fang, Chuanglin,Pang, Bo,Liu, Haimeng. Global city size hierarchy: Spatial patterns, regional features, and implications for China[J]. HABITAT INTERNATIONAL,2017,66:149-162.
APA Fang, Chuanglin,Pang, Bo,&Liu, Haimeng.(2017).Global city size hierarchy: Spatial patterns, regional features, and implications for China.HABITAT INTERNATIONAL,66,149-162.
MLA Fang, Chuanglin,et al."Global city size hierarchy: Spatial patterns, regional features, and implications for China".HABITAT INTERNATIONAL 66(2017):149-162.
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