Entry 13: Switzerland Urban Geography

• Five largest cities: Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern, and Lausanne

• Population of the largest city: Zurich-341,730 people

• Estimated using rank-size rule: Geneva – 170,865 people
Basel – 113,910 people
Bern – 85,432 people
Lausanne- 68,346 people

• Acctual Populations: Geneva – 183,981 people
Basel – 164,488 people
Bern – 121,631 people
Lausanne- 116,751 people

• In Switzerland’s case, rank-size rule would only work well with the first city, Geneva. The populations of the other three countries (Basel, Bern, and Lausanne) were to close to the second largest city for them to work properly with rank-size rule.

• Population: 8,061,516

• Population Density: 191.2

• % Urban Population: 73.5

• % Urban Population Living in Slums: 2%

• Average % Change in Urban Population: 0.5%

• % with Improved Urban Sanitation: 100

• % with Improved Urban Water Supply: 100

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