Village size and the Dunbar number

Village size and the Dunbar number

Dunbar’s number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. He proposed that humans can comfortably maintain 150 stable relationships.

This Article is not about debating the accuracy of the Dunbar number or method, but simply using 150 as an arbitrary cap on the desired population for a community.

The Dunbar number brings the community size closer to a Hamlet and the smallest villages.

In all honesty, how many people can you say you can truly know and develop relationship at once?

[insert text – break down house, farm, homestead, trailer park count and size]

[insert text – 4 ppl per fam, 1 house per fam, + extra for singles, young couples and retired couple.]


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