A review of significant facts in the present census of cities

W. O. Mendenhall
1914 National Municipal Review  
continental) in the decade 1900-1910 was about sixteen million (15,977,691), being an increase of 21 per cent, that for urban territory * was more than eleven million (11,013,738), or 34.8 par cent, and that for rural territory was less than five million (4,963,953), or 11.2 per cent. Thus it appears that 68.9 per cent of the increase in population was made in the cities. Furthermore, this is on the assumption that all urban territory in 1910 was urban in 1900. This avoids the shifting of
more » ... e shifting of cities from rural t o urban territory between the years of comparison. This urban population in 1910 was 46.3 per cent of the total, while 8.8 per cent more resided in incorporated places of less than 2,500 inhabitants. More than one fifth of the total population resided in cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants and about one tenth (9.2 per cent) in the three cities of more than one million. If we consider the metropolitan districts, including in each cas?, beside the central city, those, suburbs which belong industrially t o the city and in which the city's life is dominant, we find 14.6 per cent of the total population in metropolitan districts of more than one million inhabitants. The question arises at once, what are the sources contributing t o this increase in the population of the cities? The nature of the population as it existed in 1910, classified according to color and nativity, appears in Table I .3 This shows the difference in composition between the urban and rural population.
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