Rural settlement pattern in Belarus.
Belarus, rural settlement system, rural population density, density of rural communities, average population size of rural communities, rural settlement types, agrotowns
The article presents the analysis of the Belarusian rural settlement system over the period of the years 1959?2009. Spatial and temporal shifts in the rural population distribution and settlement structure were found, and types of the Belarusian rural settlement pattern were developed. Distribution features and demographic development of a new form of the Belarusian rural communities - agrotowns - were discovered.