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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume


Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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District  (DISTRICT)

Within a territory (301-2), certain terms are used to describe different kinds of conglomerations 1 or aggregations 1 of population, sometimes known as population aggregates 1, population clusters 1 or more generally as localities 1. In rural areas, the smallest unit is referred to as a hamlet 2, which generally consists of a very small collection of houses. A slightly larger conglomeration is the village 3 which is generally a small community and which may have a mainly agricultural population. A town 4 or city 4 is a larger conglomeration in which there are in general few people engaged in agriculture, but the point at which the transition from village to town or city occurs is difficult to specify and varies in different countries. The seat of government of a territory (in the sense of 305-1), is called its capital 5. In a county, the place where the local government is situated is called the county town 6 or county seat 6. Towns and cities may be further divided into districts 7 or quarters 7 and for electoral purposes into wards 7.

  • 1. The term agglomeration is also used in this sense. See however 307-1.
  • 4. A very large town or city is sometimes called a metropolis, n. - metropolitan, adj.
    Town, n. - urban, adj.