2009 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8452, E-ISSN 1544-8444, Vol. 15, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper examines the significance of spatial and socioeconomic factors in determining place attractiveness, and it suggests an explorative method for the analysis of detailed patterns of spatial attractiveness. By departing from a simple spatial model that distinguishes between different hinterlands at varying distances from the individuals’ immediate neighbourhood, we analyse the relative importance of demographic, labour-market, service as well as physical factors for income levels and in-migration rates. Based on a longitudinal spatially referenced microdatabase covering over 100 annual attributes per individual and digital land-use information for the entire territory, vicinity characteristics were calculated for every populated square kilometre (108,000 squares). Regression, a partial F test and h2 were used to decompose explained variation in attractiveness into indicators classified insocioeconomic categories and spatial ranges. The findings indicate a considerable variation across the spatial scale. For example, the characteristics of the vicinity (km2) seem to have a much larger influence on variation inplace attractiveness than the characteristics of the hinterland (within 5 to 50 km). Moreover, place attractiveness seems to be determined to a very small extent by physical factors in the immediate vicinity. Demographic andsocioeconomic factors appear to be the main determinants of place attractiveness.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2009. Vol. 15, 1-18 p.
place attractiveness, vicinity, local area, hinterland, Sweden
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19676DOI: 10.1002/psp.505OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-19676DiVA: diva2:202301