TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (4): 600-609.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002866

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Modeling Urban Population Densities in City Integration Areas: A Case Study of Guangzhou and Foshan

LI Fengzhen1,ZHONG Jianbo2,XIE Shiying1,LI Xun1   

  1. (1.School of Geography and Planning,Sun Yat-sen University,Guangzhou 510275,China;2.Jiangsu Institute of Urban Planning and Design,Nanjing 210036,China)
  • Received:2015-10-18 Online:2016-07-05 Published:2016-07-05


This research models the population densities in Guangzhou and Foshan metropolitan area with data from the fourth, fifth and sixth national population censuses. 1) Monocentric population density functions can well describe population density distribution of Guangzhou and Foshan metropolitan area. 2) By applying the population functions, this research describes the population density change in city integration areas. As Guangzhou and Foshan metropolitan area becomes more regionally integrated, the population density in city integration areas is increased. Furthermore, city integration areas within Foshan City are more willing to be integrated into the core area.

Key words: Guangzhou and Foshan Metropolis, city integration areas, urban spatial structure, urban population densities, spatial distribution of population