Ch 13.6 Defining Urban Settlements

Urban growth has caused metropolitan areas to overlap

Legal Definition of City

City is defined as an urban settlement that has been legally made into an independent, self-governing unit. In the US, a city surrounded by suburbs is called a central city. A city has officials, the ability to raise taxes and the responsibility for providing essential services.

Urbanized Area

In the US, the main city and the surrounding suburbs are called an urbanized area. About 70% of US citizens live in urbanized areas. Around 30% of those people live in the city and around 40% live in the suburbs.
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