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concentric zone model

Definition of Concentric Zone Model

(noun) An urban development model based on human ecology theory that views cities as a series of five circular rings or zones, originating with a central business district (CBD).

Example of Concentric Zone Model

Note: This model starts from the center (1) and moves out.

  1. central business district
  2. factory zone
  3. zone of transition
  4. working class zone
  5. residential zone
  6. commuter zone

Concentric Zone Model Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: con·cen·tric zone mod·el

Audio Pronunciation

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /kənˈsɛntrɪk zoʊn ˈmɑdəl/
  • British English – /kɒnˈsɛntrɪk zəʊn ˈmɒdl/

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Cite the Definition of Concentric Zone Model

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “concentric zone model.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 15, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/concentric-zone-model/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

concentric zone model. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/concentric-zone-model/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “concentric zone model.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 15, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/concentric-zone-model/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“concentric zone model.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/concentric-zone-model/>.