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|Some of this disparity was intentional. After the Revolution, states were formed by the new government. Cities had, by and large, been created by grants from the Crown. So the cities were distrusted as bastions of British sympathizers (a/k/a/ Tories). Other disparities, although equally intentional, were based on the very real differences in concerns between rural and urban residents. Those non-represented "aliens" just don't seem to understand the importance of maintaining skiing areas in the Catskills, and those farmers in Greene County don't seem to understand the importance of an influx of aliens to eat the vegetables they grow.|
Then, being who I am, I said, "Here, let me show you."
Four hours later we had an approximate distribution of population by state and by rural or urban. Note that word "approximate."
We also acknowledge the inaccuracy of all census data. Undocumented residents, people moving around during data-collection times, changing populations all affect these numbers. I could have sworn that Gary Indiana and Carson City Nevada were cities, and I was right; they used to be, but not anymore.
So, given all that collection of caveats and provisos, here's what we learned:
|State||Pop||Cities||# of Cities||Urban||% urban|
|Alabama||4.7||Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile||3||2.3||49%|
|Arkansas||2.9||Fayetteville, Little Rock||2||1.2||41%|
|California||37.0||Los Angeles,San Fran, San Diego, San Francisco, Inland Empire||10||33.6||91%|
|Colorado||5.0||Denver, Colorado Springs||2||3.1||62%|
|Connecticut||3.5||Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven||3||3.0||86%|
|District of Columbia||0.6||itself||1||0.6||100%|
|Florida||18.6||Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers||5||12.5||67%|
|Indiana||6.4||Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Evanston||3||2.6||41%|
|Louisiana||4.5||New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport||3||2.4||53%|
|Michigan||10.0||Detroit, Lansing, Flint||3||5.2||52%|
|Missouri||6.0||St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield||3||5.2||87%|
|Nevada||2.6||Las Vegas, Reno||2||2.4||92%|
|New Jersey||8.7||Newark, Trenton, Camden, North Jersey||4||5.2||60%|
|New York||19.6||New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany||4||18.1||92%|
|North Carolina||9.4||Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Winston-Salem, Greensboro||5||4.6||49%|
|Ohio||11.6||Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Dayton||5||7.5||65%|
|Oklahoma||3.7||Oklahoma City, Tulsa||2||2.2||59%|
|Oregon||3.8||Portland, Eugene, Salem||3||3.0||79%|
|Pennsylvania||12.6||Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Harrisburg, Scranton||5||9.9||79%|
|South Carolina||4.6||Columbia, Charleston, Spartanburg||3||2.1||46%|
|South Dakota||0.8||Sioux City and Sioux Falls||2||0.4||50%|
|Tennessee||6.3||Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga||4||4.1||65%|
|Texas||24.8||Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso||5||16.9||68%|
|Utah||2.8||Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo||3||2.2||79%|
Two-thirds of the people in the United States, 199.5 million, live in 112 cities. I thought about showing the disparity in land mass, but decided I wasn't up for that task. So I'm listing a few states where the major cities comprise less than 1% of the land mass of the state.
So even if the cities and rural areas had equal acreage, the differences in their needs would keep the battle going. Any apportionment that favors acreage over people keeps the cities losing. And whoever says that the cities don't really represent America is looking at amber waves of grain, not at huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
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