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W. Christaller (1933; trans. C. W. Baskin1966) proposes that, in a region with a highly developed system of central administration, settlement is so arranged that one major centre administers six centres of lesser rank, each of which, in turn, oversees a further six centres. The number of settlements, from highest rank downwards thus follows the sequence 1, 7, 49, 343…This hierarchy is known as k = 7.

Administrative principle

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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