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Scale and Nature of Urban Change in the South, The

Working paper, 30 pages
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Draws on the most recent census data and on other national studies to show how the growth rates for many cities and most urban populations slowed down considerably during the 1980s. During this decade, many of the South's largest cities had more people moving out than in. The paper shows how population growth rates among cities in the South are not unprecedented and how several cities in the North are among the world's fastest growing cities. The paper also shows how most of the world's largest cities are heavily concentrated in the largest economies and how only a very small proportion of the world's population lives in "mega-cities".

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