Social Indicators Research

, Volume 117, Issue 2, pp 541–559 | Cite as

Spatial Pattern of Urban Livability in Himalayan Region: A Case of Aizawl City, India

  • Benjamin L. SaitluangaEmail author


Cities are increasingly expected to provide impetus to the growth and development of their surrounding areas as well as to compete for economic activity with other cities. However, cities in developing countries are characterised by spatial differentiation and segregation due to widening inequality which are detrimental for growth and development of cities and regions. Concern over inequality in urban areas raises moral and ethical issues and demands compensatory and remedial policies to alleviate poorer places. This requires recognition of areas of relative deprivation at smaller scale through proper research. The present study is an attempt to find out patterns of inequality in livability in Aizawl-a fast growing hill city in the Himalayan region of northeastern India. Using data reduction method, levels of objective and subjective dimensions of livability are measured at neighbourhood level. The study found out that centrally located neighbourhoods are more livable in comparison to their peripheral counterparts. The study also found out that objective and subjective dimensions of livability have no significant relationship.


Urban livability Neighbourhood inequality Principal component analysis Northeast India 



The author wishes to thank the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India for financial assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geography and Resource ManagementMizoram UniversityAizawlIndia

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