A Note on the Rank-Size Rule and Future Urban Growth Patterns in Pakistan

George Heitmann, Warren C. Robinson, Jean Karen Salter


Urbanization is an integral part of the overall process of
economic and social development. There is growing evidence that this is
the case for Pakistan also. Pakistan in 1972 was nearly 27 percent urban
and today is perhaps 30 percent plus urban. The probable distribution by
size of place of this growth is of great importance for economic and
social planning yet curiously it has received very little scholarly
investigation as yet-[7], is an exception and the present article should
be viewed as an extension to Helbock's work. In searching for some model
or theoretical statement in the literature regarding what the future
hierarchy of urban place in Pakistan will look like, Helbock is
naturally lead to the "Rank-Size Rule" vs. "Primate City" question.
After examining the 1961 and 1972 census data on urban places by size of
place, he concludes that the "Rank-Size" distribution does not
adequately describe the Pakistan urban hierarchy.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v16i4pp.464-470


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