urbanization

Definition

An increase in a population in cities and towns versus rural areas. Urbanization began during the industrial revolution, when workers moved towards manufacturing hubs in cities to obtain jobs in factories as agricultural jobs became less common.

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  • Because of human population growth, urbanization of rural land has become a necessity, along with the accompanying development of infrastructure to support it.

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  • One of the major trends we see in developing nations like Cambodia is an increase in urbanization, when people living in rural areas move to cities where there is more opportunity to earn a living.

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  • The increase in farming technology has decreased the amount of farmers needed to produce our food supply, leading to rapid urbanization in modern-day America.

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