2 Types of human settlement

2 types of human settlement




Settlement is the place where people live. Also settlement can be defined as organised human habitation it can be a single home or bustling metropolis.

Types of settlement

Settlement can be classified as a rural or urban settlement

Rural settlement

These settlements are generally small and sparsely populated. There is a low population density in a rural area compared to an urban area. Generally, the majority of people in rural areas are engaging in agriculture and other primary extractive activities such as fishing and hunting. Most settlement in villages of East Africa is rural settlements. 




Urban settlement.

Urban settlements are generally large and densely populated. The majority of people in urban areas are engaging in non-agricultural activities such as trade, tourism, and manufacturing. Examples of urban settlement in East Africa include settlement found in cities like Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Kampala

Defining settlement in terms of rural and urban areas makes sense. After all, there are many differences between the two. But there is a major problem with defining rural and urban settlement because there is no consensus on what makes a rural settlement and what makes an urban one. For example, some small villages in India and China are more populated than large towns and small cities in America and Europe. Are those small villages rural or urban? It depends on who you ask. therefore, difficulties arise because there is no agreement on what exactly makes a place rural or urban.

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