Learning About Urban Growth Patterns From Facebook by @thisbigcity

Globally, cities are on the rise: the world’s population is now more than 50% urban, and rapidly increasing. But how exactly does the growth of cities play out in practice? Migration patterns have for so long been difficult to track by official data collection agencies such as census bureaus. But now, we’re getting a clearer picture of this phenomenon from another source: Facebook. In a recent study published by the Facebook Data Science Team , researchers compared users’ listed hometowns to their current cities of residence. They then used that data to tease out “coordinated migrations”: statistically significant groups of specific parings between home cities and current cities. They found that most of the fastest growing cities were in the developing world. Topping the list were Lagos, Istanbul, Bogotá, Bangkok, and Accra. They also found that in most cases, coordinated ...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/212286

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