A market center for the exchange of services by people attracted from the surrounding areas.
Central Place Theory
A theory that explains the distribution of services, based on the fact that settlements serve as centers of the market areas for services; larger settlements are fewer and further apart than smaller settlements and provide services for a larger number of people who are willing to travel further.
Clustered rural settlement
A rural settlement in which the houses and farm buildings of each family are situated close to each other and fields surround the settlement.
Dispersed Rural Settlement
A rural settlement pattern characterized by isolated farms rather than clustered villages.
The process of consolidating small landholdings into a smaller number of larger farms in England during the 18th century.
The model that holds the potential use of a service at a particular location is directly related to the number of people in a location and inversely related to the distance people must travel to reach the service.
The area surrounding a central place from which people are attracted to use the place's goods and services.
The services that provide the well being and personal improvement of individual consumers.
The largest settlement in a country, if it has more than twice as many people as the 2nd ranking settlement.
Primate City Rule
A pattern of settlements in a country, such that the largest settlement has more than twice as many people as the 2nd largest settlement.
Services offered by the government to provide security and protection services for citizens and businesses.
A pattern of settlements in a country such that a nth largest settlement in 1/n the population of the largest settlement.