Politics Welcome to the World-Wide City
posted by May 23 at 13:11 PMon
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.