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The spatial distribution of US cities

Rafael González-Val ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: In this paper, we consider the distribution of bilateral distances between all pairs of cities to estimate K-densities using the methodology by Duranton and Overman (2005), identifying different spatial patterns. By using data from different definitions of US cities in 2010 (places, urban areas, and core-based statistical areas), we analyse the spatial distribution of cities, finding significant patterns of dispersion depending on the city size and city definition. Our results lend support to a hierarchical system of US cities in which the central cities of each subsystem are far away from each other.

Keywords: space; city size; urban hierarchy; distance-based approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C14 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-09
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