This paper analyzes how location has affected, in the second half of the twentieth century, the population growth of 2889 municipalities in Switzerland. The analysis demonstrates the temporal relativity of location attributes, even for small territorial divisions, such as the Swiss cantons. However, we also show that, both absolute and relative location attributes have weakened over time as population growth predictors, apparently due to improving road infrastructures, and growing motorization. The study has been made possible by a detailed historical population and accessibility database available for Swiss municipalities. To the best of our knowledge, no database of such scope and quality is available for any other European country.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The data for this study were collated and generated at the Institute for Transport Planning and System (IVT), ETH Zürich funded by the Swiss National Fund (SNF) and the Bundeamt für Verkehr (BAV), Bern. The historical networks were the work of P. Fröhlich, which is gratefully acknowledged.
- Population growth of municipalities
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Environmental Science (all)