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[Summary]Urbanization in the United States Seattle, Washington in 2006. Dallas, Texas in 1942. Little Italy in Manhattan, New York City around 1900. Washington, D.C. in 1833. The urbanization of the United States has progressed throughout its entire history.

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Urbanization in the United States

Seattle, Washington in 2006.

Dallas, Texas in 1942.

Little Italy in Manhattan, New York City around 1900.

Washington, D.C. in 1833.

The urbanization of the United States has progressed throughout its entire history. Over the last two centuries, the United States of America has been transformed from a predominantly rural, agricultural nation into an urbanized, industrial one.[1] This was largely due to the Industrial Revolution in the United States (and parts of Western Europe) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and the rapid industrialization which the United States experienced as a result. In 1790, only about one out of every twenty Americans (on average) lived in urban areas (cities), but this ratio had dramatically changed to one out of four by 1870, one out of two by 1920, two out of three in the 1960s, and four out of five in the 2000s.[1]

Industrialization and Urbanization in the United States, 1880–1929

The Electrical Grid and Improvements in Transportation

One of the reasons that later industrialization progressed at such a greater pace than before was the improvement in power sources. The early industrial revolution depended upon steam engines and waterpower. The earliest engines were large and prohibitively expensive for all but the largest firms. Water wheels were a possibility for smaller concerns, but they could not perform nearly as much work as later power sources could. Between 1869 and 1929, total available horsepower in the United States increased from 2.3 million to 43 million units. In factories, the greatest part of that growth came from a huge increase in the use of electricity.5

Urbanization in America for kids: Causes, Effects and Benefits ***

Urbanization in America in the late 1800's: Causes of Urbanization in America
The following table provides fast facts and a brief overview about the history and causes of Urbanization in America. Each of these elements are detailed in this article.

Causes of Urbanization in America

Causes of Urbanization in America: The entrepreneurs, inventions and new technologies of the Industrial Revolution

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