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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

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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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