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Density index

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Density index  (DENSITY index)


The density of population1 or population density1 is an index showing the relationship between a population and the area in which it lives. The simplest density index2 is obtained by dividing the total population by the area of the territory and is generally expressed as the number of persons per acre, square kilometre or square mile. The scatter of the population3 depends on the type of settlement4 or habitat4. Some writers have computed the population centre5 of a given area by the methods used to find the centre of gravity in applied mathematics; each individual in the population is given an equal weight.

  • 1. density n. — dense adj.


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