# How many hexes do the different kinds of settlements take up on province scale maps?

On pages 16 and 17 of the DMG three sizes of possible settlements are detailed: villages, towns and cities. Their respective sections give details about the size of their population amongst other things. On page 14 it's explained how to make a map at the province scale, where each hex represents 1 mile. This section even gives information about how much space is taken up by farmland around the settlements. However I couldn't find any mention of the area of a village, town or city itself on any of those pages.

This leaves me wondering, how much area a settlement takes up on a province scale map. I know, this is all subjective and depends on each individual settlement. I am just confused, why they would give us categories with population sizes, without mentioning a rough size of the settlement itself.

Is the answer just as simple as each settlement taking up 1 hex? If so, how large does a settlement's population have to be, for it to be larger than that?

• I’m not sure I understand the confusion here. It seems to me you’ve answered the question in the question. 1 hex = 1 mile. So wouldn’t the representation of a town on the map just be based on its area? Jul 3 at 14:56
• @ThomasMarkov My question is: What is the area of a settlement, is it only 1 hex or larger? Jul 3 at 15:01
• I don’t understand. Different settlements have different sizes. Jul 3 at 15:02
• @ThomasMarkov Perhaps I should have phrased it more like. "What is the average area of each settlement type?" ? Jul 3 at 15:04
• Are you trying to read an existing map or make a map yourself? Jul 3 at 15:05