Migrations of city dwellers to suburban areas – the example of the city of Olsztyn

Agnieszka Szczepańska, Adam Senetra

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/v10089-012-0024-2


The migration of city dwellers to suburbs is a commonly observed phenomenon. The growth of residential areas on the fringes of cities is referred to as suburbanisation. In the present study, migration patterns were investigated in rural districts located in the direct vicinity of the administrative boundaries of Olsztyn over a 10-year timespan. Several hundred building plot purchase/sale transactions in the form of notarial deeds were analysed to determine the dwelling place of the buyer. The analysis of the transactions revealed that the dominant group of purchasers were owners of apartments in multi-family precast concrete buildings, located in the city quarter closest to the studied suburbs. Changes in the spatial structure of suburban areas were also noted.


Poland; Olsztyn; city; urbanisation; suburbanisation; migrations; suburban areas

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