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17.3F: U.S. Urban Patterns
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- Discuss the different ways governments and society define the term “urban”
- Different agencies and individuals define urban in different ways, but the U.S. Census Bureau ‘s definitions are considered standard.
- The U.S. Census Bureau defines “urban areas” as areas with a population density of at least 1,000 people per square mile and at least 2,500 total people.
- As of December, 2010, about 82% of the population of the United States lived within the boundaries of urbanized area.
- population density: The average number of people who live on each square mile (or kilometer) of land.