Watts (1978) Homogeneous

In 1978, Anne Dewitt Watts examined the PARC and ARC definitions of the region to assess the extent to which “the two major sets of variables used to define the region—socio-economic characteristics and physical characteristics—correlate with each other” (Watts 19).

Watts’s “homogeneous region” includes all counties with mountainous or rugged terrain AND Appalachian socioeconomic characteristics. This region retain non-mountainous counties if they are largely surrounded by the region and exhibit the socioeconomic characteristics listed above (34).

Socioeconomic and physiographic homogeneity from Watts 32.

From Ann DeWitt Watts, “Does the Appalachian Regional Commission Really Represent a Region?,” Southeastern Geographer 18 (1978): 19- 36.



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