Settlement Growth as a Fractal

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Aleksandr Diachenko


This article deals with a model describing the growth of settlements as a fractal. Long-term settlement growth is a result of nonlinear relations between socio-economic development and population size. Our model explains the scaling in settlement populations, the demographic constants, and the conditions for the formation of small centers in the hierarchy of central places.

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Diachenko 2013: A. Diachenko, Settlement Growth as a Fractal. JNA, 2013, 88–105. DOI: