Pareto tails and lognormal body of US cities size distribution

Jeff Luckstead, Stephen Devadoss

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We consider a distribution, which consists of lower tail Pareto, lognormal body, and upper tail Pareto, to estimate the size distribution of all US cities. This distribution fits the data more accurately than a distribution that comprises of only lognormal and the upper tail Pareto.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-578
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Lognormal
  • Lower tail
  • US cities
  • Upper tail


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