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What makes an area urban?

The variations in determining what can be classified as cities are as dynamic as cities themselves


Amit KapoorBibek Debroy
It is fairly easy to identify an urban area when we see one; however, it is far more complex to determine what an urban area is. Is urban a characteristic of a place or its people? Is it only based on factors like the population size, land surface, primary occupation and the level of development? Does the “urban” area have a culture of its own?

While an urban area is a function of all these metrics, the definitional ambiguity remains a complex task. It is not only necessary to define “urban” in order to understand urbanisation but also to understand
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First Published: Jun 22 2022 | 11:34 PM IST

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