13.6 defining Urban settlement

Urban growth has caused adjacent metro areas to overlap

Legal definition of city

A city has locally elected officials, the ability to raise taxes, and the responsibility for providing essential services.

Urbanized area

With the rapid growth of urban settlements, many urban residents live in suburbs, beyond the boundaries of the central city.

Metropolitan statistical area (MSA)

The area of influence of a city extends beyond legal boundaries and adjacent built-up jurisdiction.
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Infrastructure and Urban Development
Better Urban Development Through Data

Problems Associated with Urbanization

Lack of Jobs

Urbanization leads to a deficit in jobs. Businesses and governments cannot produce enough jobs to meet the demand of a fast- growing population.



Rapid urbanization affects crime rates. Residents of different beliefs and behaviors thrown together suddenly do not have time to adjust or adapt to differ et viewpoints, leading to violence.