Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2002, Vol. 57 ›› Issue (7s): 76-81.doi: 10.11821/xb20027s011

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Regionalization of Population Distribution Based on Spatial Analysis

YANG Xiaohuan, WANG Naibin, JIANG Dong, XIONG Liya, LIU Honghui   

  1. Resources and Environmental Data Center, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2002-05-12 Revised:2002-10-08 Online:2002-12-25 Published:2002-12-25
  • Supported by:

    Knowledge Innovation Project of Chinese Academy of Science, No.KZCX2-308-4; National Key Project of the Tenth-Five Year Plan, No.2001-BA608B-03


This paper designs a model to calculate an index of population distribution for each county and province. The index is related to the density of population, natural condition, the level of economic development and the density of traffic lines. A population barycenter of a province is defined according to which county index is closest to the provincical one. Then a 3D space of population distribution is established using the index (z) and the coordinates (x, y) of the barycenter. The distance in 3D space is calculated between any two provinces. According to the principle of minimum distance, China is classified into eight regions of population distribution.

Key words: population, spatial distribution, regionalization