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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Welcome to the World-Wide City

posted by on May 23 at 13:11 PM

Today is a tipping point: The world’s population is suddenly more urban than rural, according to calculations published by researchers at North Carolina State University.

Working with United Nations estimates that predict the world will be 51.3 percent urban by 2010, the researchers projected the May 23, 2007, transition day based on the average daily rural and urban population increases from 2005 to 2010. On that day, a predicted global urban population of 3,303,992,253 will exceed that of 3,303,866,404 rural people.

In the United States, the tipping point from a majority rural to a majority urban population came early in the late 1910s, the researchers say. Today, 21 percent of our country is rural although some states—Maine, Mississippi, Vermont, and West Virginia—are still majority rural. In North Carolina, a rural majority held until the late 1980s.

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starbucks is stoked.

Posted by matt | May 23, 2007 1:22 PM

Can someone please make this a day so I can go home and weed my garden instead of sitting here pretending to work?

Posted by Carollani | May 23, 2007 1:27 PM

Carollani, from what i've seen in people's gardens...they should probably be proud they have at least grown weeds.

At least my mother should. That crusty garden was hanus.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 23, 2007 1:42 PM

Maybe one day we can be like Conventia, the convention hall planet from Invader Zim.

"Be sure to visit the gift shop for all kinds of cheap, useless stuff!"

Posted by Leeerker | May 23, 2007 2:02 PM

Very few of these "cities" are places where a Starbucks is likely to be found. No electricity, for one thing. The bulk of the "cities" in question are vast shanty-towns with up to ten or twenty million people living in cardboard hovels surrounded by open sewers and whatnot.

Posted by Fnarf | May 23, 2007 2:19 PM

"21 percent of our country is rural"

And, sadly, some 60 percent of our electoral college.

Posted by Frank Bruno | May 23, 2007 2:27 PM

way to kill a joke fnarf. though you are right.

Posted by matt | May 23, 2007 3:36 PM

Killing jokes is my business.

Not THE Frank(lin) Bruno, from Nothing Painted Blue?

Posted by Fnarf | May 23, 2007 4:46 PM


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Still mainstream American poetry is dominated by quaint barnyard tableaux. Example, Ted Kooser May 24th @ SAM.

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