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Population Change in Irish Cities, 1981-86: County Boroughs, Suburbs and Daily Urban Systems

Kevin Hourihan


Changes in population distribution in Irish cities between 1981 and 1986 were a further development on the changes which had been occurring during the 1960s and '70s. The heavy population losses in the city centres and decreases in the cities overall were more than compensated for by the increases in the city suburbs and commuting areas outside. Quantitative models of these trends show the process of change with continued flattening of the density profiles. Patterns of change in the commuting areas are described by first order polynomial curves which peak at different distances. The models suggest probable changes in the future. These developments have many implications for transport in particular, and also for the administration and planning of the cities.

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