Search for: [Abstract = "The objective of the paper is to develop a new approach to delimitation of rural functional areas, simultaneously examining various criteria for their classification. Delimitation of rural functional areas was conducted basing on the so\-called ‘virtual’ areal region concept. The level of detail considered is municipality. At the first stage, a subset of municipalities was selected, acknowledged as rural areas in accordance with assumed criteria. Subsequently, basing on the empirical data analysis, certain municipalities were identified that are relatively homogenous regarding transport accessibility, development dynamics as well as internal economic structure. In each of the three dimensions of analysis specified, two or three categories of municipalities were distinguished. The results of these three classifications enabled the delimitation of 12 functional types of rural areas composing different combinations of possible classes regarding three dimensions of analysis. Finally, obtained spatial structure was generalized to delimitate relatively homogenous and compact functional areas. The results of the applied procedure and their particular stages were presented on the maps."]

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