Some Types of Cities (Metropolis, Megacity, City-State, and More)

Nowadays, dozens of sprawling cities boast unique features, peoples, and cultures, and I find traveling a great way to explore the depths of each one! However, did you ever stop to think how different two cities can be on a fundamental level? Let’s explore that today, looking at 12 types of cities. 

12 types of cities, each with unique features, include:

  1. Smart Cities
  2. Intermediary Cities
  3. Conurbation Cities
  4. City-State Cities
  5. Megalopolis Cities
  6. Metropolitan (Metro) Cities
  7. The Cosmopolitan City
  8. The Garden City
  9. Gateway Cities 
  10. The Megacity
  11. Metropolis Cities
  12. Twin Cities

read more here

7 Types of Cities(National Geographic)

Rural-Urban Interaction and Social Change

Making a City : Politics, Power and Democracy

Some Other Types

Edge City

An area becomes an edge city when there is a concentration of firms, entertainment, and shopping centers in a previously known rural or residential area. An edge city is an American term that thrived towards the end of the 20th Century. Its use was a result of the popularity of Joel Garreau’s book entitled “Edge City: Life on the New Frontier” written in 1991. By then, Garreau was a reporter who was working for the Washington Post. He was responsible for establishing the current meaning of “edge city.” According to Garreau, “edge cities” were a strategy to expand cities.

The Nation State

The nation-state is a state that self-identifies as deriving its political legitimacy from serving as a sovereign entity for a nation as a sovereign territorial unit. The state is a political and geopolitical entity; the nation is a cultural and/or ethnic entity. The term “nation-state” implies that the two geographically coincide. Nation-state formation took place at different times in different parts of the earth but has become the dominant form of state organization.


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I am Rashid Aziz Faridi ,Writer, Teacher and a Voracious Reader.
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