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Economic region

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Economic region  (ECONOMIC region)

The territory (301-2) in which a population lives will generally be divided into sub-areas1. For administrative purposes it may be divided into administrative areas2, administrative units2 or administrative districts2 sometimes known as legal divisions2 or political divisions2. Geographers on the other hand, may divide the area into regions3 or zones4 which may or may not correspond to administrative units. The term "region" or "zone" may be used in a number of different senses and the areas referred to may be of very different sizes. Thus one speaks of the polar regions, of climatic zones or of metropolitan regions. The terms natural region5 and economic region6 are used by geographers. The term natural area7 is used in human ecology (103-5) to define an area occupied by a population with distinct characteristics.