Central places and the settlement pattern

R. J. Johnston*

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Recent work on the distribution of central places has suggested that, when defined in terms of the range and threshold of a good, a hierarchical spatial structure of central places will occur. The results of a central place investigation presented here show that variations in the settlement pattern of an area preclude such a development. Instead, variations in the ratio between threshold and range values show that, in any part of the area studied, the spatial structure of central places does not correspond with an overall hierarchy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-549
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1966


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