Settlement in Urban Areas
- Urban areas are defined differently in each nation.
- Population size, occupational structure, and administrative structure are some of the typical classification bases.
- The phrase is typically used to describe the transient or occasionally permanent style of living of displaced families in the context of displaced populations.
- A regional plan typically divides cities into zones subject to regulations based on requirements for particular industries, such as housing, sanitation, habitat, and environment.
- The lower population size limit for a settlement to be designated as urban is 1,500 in Colombia, 2,000 in Argentina and Portugal, 2,500 in the U.S. and Thailand, 5,000 in India, and 30,000 in Japan.
- The density of 400 persons per square kilometer and the proportion of non-agricultural workers are considered, along with the population size.
- In some countries such as India, the main economic activities are considered to designate a settlement as urban.
- A settlement may be classified as urban in various nations based on its administrative structure.
- For instance, a settlement of any size is considered urban in India if it has a municipality, board, or notified area board.
What is urban settlement?
Each country has its definition of an urban area. Typical classification bases include population size, occupational structure, and organizational structure.