A discussion about population size, population composition and function of the village in rural areas with an explanation of the differences between villages in MEDCs and LEDCs.

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Villages in MEDCs and LEDCs are very distinguished in terms of population size, population composition and function.

In MEDCs, sizes of villages are not as big as in LEDCs. However, both kinds of villages in MEDCs and LEDCs tend to follow the model of "the farther the distance to the conurbation, the smaller the town would be". In extreme non-rural areas of an MEDC, villages are comparatively big because people live there for reasons like new towns or commuter towns. They are always close to the city and near the main road so that traffic wouldn't be a big problem. They are built in the green belt which means the price of apartments here may be expansive. According to Ullman-Harris multiple nuclei model, these are the medium class residential. For instance, in New York City, if Manhattan is the CBD, Brooklyn can be a new town for it because it has all the services in town.

However, as Brooklyn is built in brown belt, it could be a mix of low-class and medium-class residential. In LEDCs, a village with the same area of the village in MEDC could have ten times of the population. Like in China, 7-8 children have to live in one room in some rural area because of lack of housing.

However, both of them have anomalies. In MEDCs, wealthy people buy second homes in the extreme rural areas probably to seek relaxation away from the stress of their local working and living environment They can afford traveling a long distance to get into the conurbation. In LEDCs, the extreme rural areas may have as much many as the extreme non rural areas have because LEDCs are too crowded. Also, it maybe influenced by the agricultural reasons.

In MEDCs, youths and...