chapter  4
The Intermediate Role of Medium-Sized Cities in China Between Ultra-Dense Rural Areas and Ultra-Large Cities
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Contrary to a generally accepted myth, the majority of urban populations do not live in megalopolises of more than one million inhabitants. Indeed, despite their visibility and dynamism, they account for a small though increasing proportion of the world urban population: 9.9 per cent in 2011 and 13.6 per cent in 2025. Even if these cities have grown exponentially in the last decades, from 72 in 1950 to 400 in 2000, and from 450 today to 554 in 2015, at the same time, over half of the urban population lives and will continue to live in small and medium-sized cities of less than 500,000 inhabitants according to the United Nations (UN 2012).