Asia-Pacific Population Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1, April 2008
  • E-ISSN: 15644278


The historic role played by cities and towns as centres of population concentration with occupations other than primary activities and as hubs for commerce and business, innovation and diffusion of ideas and technologies, and decision-making clearly demonstrates that urbanization is synonymous to development. This perception has prevailed not only among urban dwellers, but also among rural inhabitants as well as development agents (planners and decision makers). A high correlation between urbanization and economic development, measured in terms of per capita gross national product (GNP) further indicates that urbanization leads to development, particularly until a country reaches a mature stage of development. Thus, a certain level of urbanization is desirable for the overall development of a country.

Related Subject(s): Population and Demography
Countries: Nepal

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