Satellite village

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A satellite village is understood to mean small localities that are located near metropolitan areas. In contrast to satellite cities, these villages hardly have sufficient infrastructure for industrial purposes and are mainly used as living space. In contrast to the satellite town , this term has a nuance that describes villages that are inhabited by extremely well-off people. This term is therefore often interpreted negatively.

Special features of satellite villages

Representation of the demarcation of cities, suburbs, satellite villages and commuter communities

Satellite villages are mainly arranged in a circle around larger cities, such as B. the location of the villages of Lans, Aldrans, Rum, Arzl and Götzens around Innsbruck visualized.

These localities can be described as satellite villages because their population is below 10,000 inhabitants (and therefore cannot be defined as cities, since cities in Austria have only been declared cities in exceptional cases with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants), the infrastructure is hardly sufficient for the corresponding number of inhabitants is, on the other hand, the quality of living is well above average.

These criteria differentiate satellite villages from satellite towns and dormitory towns , as these village forms mainly offer residents as an alternative to urban areas, but do not necessarily include an increase in the quality of living.

From an infrastructure perspective, a satellite village is extremely similar to a commuter community . The distinguishing features here are the greater distance between the commuter community and the city and the often larger population of the satellite villages compared to the commuter communities.

Individual evidence

  1. Nikolaos Basigos: Bubble: With enormous power and speed, humanity can be led into isolated slavery. Probably last chance to fight back . Vienna 2009, ISBN 978-3-00-027910-2 , p. 45.
  2. Innsbruck with satellite villages
  3. AUSTRIA'S CITIES IN FIGURES 2015. (PDF) In: Austrian Association of Cities, 2016, accessed on May 29, 2018 .