Urbanization USA: percentage of rural vs urban population by decade from 1800 to 2020

June 6, 2021

Over a two hundred year period, the USA was transformed from its original, mostly rural country, with over ninety percent of her population living outside of cities, to a mostly urbanized state.

Let’s look at how the numbers went decade by decade.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau

Year|Rural|Urban
180094%6%
181093%7%
182093%7%
183091%9%
184089%11%
185085%15%
186080%20%
187074%26%
188072%28%
189065%35%
190060%40%
191054%46%
192049%51%
193044%56%
194043%57%
195040%60%
196037%63%
197026%74%
198026%74%
199025%75%
200021%79%
201019%81%
2020tbdtbd

Also, see this interactive map: How Does the U.S. Census Bureau Define “Rural?”





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