Size distribution of U.S. lower tail cities

Stephen Devadoss, Jeff Luckstead

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Studies that analyzed the size distribution of U.S. cities have mainly focused on the upper tail and showed that these cities adhere to Zipf's law. However, even though a large number of cities are in the lower tail, very few studies have examined the distribution of these small cities because of data limitations. We apply reverse Pareto and reverse general Pareto distributions to analyze U.S. lower tail cities. Our results show the power law behavior of lower tail U.S. cities is accurately represented by both the reverse Pareto and general Pareto.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
StatePublished - Feb 15 2016


  • Lower tail cities
  • Reverse Pareto
  • Size distribution
  • United States


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