Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 385

Full Length Research Paper

Study on spatial distribution and integration of Rwandan Cities

  Mupenzi Jean de la Paix1,2,3*, Li Lanhai1, Bao Anming1, Jiwen Ge2, Gabriel Habiyaremye2, Nzayisenga Theoneste2, Kamanzi Emmanuel2 and Iyakaremye Jean Paul2  
  1Key laboratory of oasis ecology and desert environment, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 818, Urumqi, Xinjiang, 830011, China. 2Hubei Wetland Evolution and Ecological Restoration Key Laboratory, School of Environmental Studies, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, China University of Geosciences,388 Lumo Road, Hongshan Administrative District, China. 3Byumba Polytechnique Institute (IPB) / P. O. Box 25 Bymba/Rwanda.
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  •  Accepted: 20 January 2011
  •  Published: 30 March 2011



The primary purpose of this research work was to investigate and analyze the spatial distribution and the integration of Rwandan Cities. The results revealed that the economy of Rwandan Cities is subordinated to Kigali City in which the intensity of economic is very little higher than others. The analysis of their spatial distribution using the distribution of neighbor proximity analysis revealed that the spatial distribution of cities in Rwanda is random where R tends to zero (0). The analysis of correlation between the number of cities in Rwanda and the number of superficies using the correlation coefficient formula indicated that no correlation exists for their distribution. Based on these result, a decongestion system may be a good solution to this dependency of Rwandan Cities.


Key words: Rwanda, city group, neighbor proximity analysis, spatial distribution, spatial integration.