Version of Record online: 17 DEC 2008
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Population, Space and Place
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 1–18, January/February 2009
How to Cite
Li, W., Holm, E. and Lindgren, U. (2009), Attractive vicinities. Popul. Space Place, 15: 1–18. doi: 10.1002/psp.505
- Issue online: 17 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 17 DEC 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 APR 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 19 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Received: 25 AUG 2007
- place attractiveness;
- local area;
This paper examines the significance of spatial and socioeconomic factors in determining place attractiveness, and it suggests an explorative method for the analysis of detailed patterns of spatial attractiveness. By departing from a simple spatial model that distinguishes between different hinterlands at varying distances from the individuals' immediate neighbourhood, we analyse the relative importance of demographic, labour-market, service as well as physical factors for income levels and in-migration rates. Based on a longitudinal spatially referenced micro-database covering over 100 annual attributes per individual and digital land-use information for the entire territory, vicinity characteristics were calculated for every populated square kilometre (108,000 squares). Regression, a partial F test and η2 were used to decompose explained variation in attractiveness into indicators classified in socioeconomic categories and spatial ranges. The findings indicate a considerable variation across the spatial scale. For example, the characteristics of the vicinity (km2) seem to have a much larger influence on variation in place attractiveness than the characteristics of the hinterland (within 5 to 50 km). Moreover, place attractiveness seems to be determined to a very small extent by physical factors in the immediate vicinity. Demographic and socioeconomic factors appear to be the main determinants of place attractiveness. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.