The One Minute Geographer: Providence and the Primate City

Providence, looking toward the state capitol. Photo from forbes.com

Geographers talk about primate cities. It has nothing to do with Jane Goodall and her chimps. Primate in this sense simply means the primary or dominant city (or metropolitan area) for a state or country. As a rule of thumb, if at least 20% or so of a state’s population resides in one metropolitan area, it is considered a primate city.

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Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer with a featured series: This Fragile Earth, and a book review series: Great Translations

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