Spatial Analysis of Isfahan Province Populace with Respect to Proportionate Population Distribution and Equitable Service Delivery

INTA 35INTA 35, 06-10 November 2011, Lyon et Grenoble, France

Sayyed Morteza Saghaeiannejad

“Achievement of development goals calls for proper planning. Increasing population; national and racial diversity; establishment of human settlements of different scales in villages, towns, and cities; scattered populations; and social cohesion and solidarity form the most important factors in demographic studies and development planning. Spatial segregation and social distinction are the major issues of concern in population structure. Given the increasing population trend in Isfahan Province, the present study aims to develop a strategy for planning fair and equitable service delivery across the province based on spatial population distribution. The statistical population involves 21 towns and cities in Isfahan Province.

“The data collected for analysis include total population, male population, female population, literate population, illiterate population, urbanization factor, population density, emigration rate, household density, and job holding rate. The data are then used to develop population matrices. For this purpose, a matrix of potentials including 11 columns of indices and 21 rows representing the study towns and cities is developed drawing upon information collected from field studies and literature review. The analyses reveal that the cities of Khomeinishahr, Borkhar, Najafabad, Falavarjan, Lenjan, and Mobarakeh are highly affected by the metropolitan city of Isfahan. The impacts are reflected in their high household density, receiving emigrants, and total population; elements that put them in a critical situation.”