The power law distribution for lower tail cities in India

Stephen Devadoss, Jeff Luckstead, Diana Danforth, Sherzod Akhundjanov

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The city size distribution for lower tail cities has received scant attention because a small portion of the population lives in rural villages, particularly in developed countries, and data are not readily available for small cities. However, in developing countries much of the population inhabits rural areas. The purpose of this study is to test whether power law holds for small cities in India by using the most recent and comprehensive Indian census data for the year 2011. Our results show that lower tail cities for India do exhibit a power law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-196
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
StatePublished - Jan 15 2016


  • India
  • Lower tail cities
  • Power law
  • Size distribution


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