(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Zipf’s Law and Canadian urban growth

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • GREThA UMR-CNRS 5113, Univ. of Bordeaux, Pessac, FRANCE


This article examines Zipf’s Law and Canadian urban growth. It appears that the dynamics of growth follow a deterministic process related to existing urban size, previous growth and spatial structure. Splitting the Canadian urban system into two—east and west— permits the identification of differences that were not observable when studying the country as a whole. While size and previous growth are still important explanatory variables of growth patterns, these two systems may be distinguished one from the other from the point of view of spatial patterns of distribution of growth rates


Article of periodic

published at : Urban studies / ISSN 0042-0980

Editor : Longman Group, Harlow - ROYAUME-UNI (1964)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 51, no8 [pp. 1725-1740]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 2 fig., 7 tabl.



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