Chapter 15

SEX AND THE CITY

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We can think about the growth of cities in several ways, none of them prurient, despite the title of this chapter. Perhaps the most obvious one is how the population changes over time; another is how the civic area changes; yet another might be the number of businesses or companies in the city; and so on. These statistical properties are generally referred to as demographics, and they can include gender, race, age, population density, homeownership, and employment status, to name but a few. In this chapter we shall focus attention on some the simplest possible models of population growth in several different contexts, ...

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