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The Census And City Population

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The population oí the United States has increased between 1880 and 1890 from 50,000,000 to 64,000,000, or about 20 per cent. Deducting the urban populatdon, the increase of rural population is f ound to be only 8 per cent. , wbile the increase of the urban population is more than 57 per cent. This classification of urban population includes only cities of 8,000 inhabitants and upward. If the classification should embrace cities of 4,000 inhabitants and upward it would undoubtedly appear that the rural population had decreased during the decade, while the total increaae would be in the cities. This general rsult has been brought about notwithstanding the immense increase in population in the rural districts in extreme western states, such as the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas. The f ollowing table shows the increase of the total population of several states and the increase of the city population: i he percentages of the mcrease of city population to the whole increase of populatiou between 1880 and 1890 in severa! Btates aro as follows: ín Maine there was an actual decrease of rural population, the increase in cities being more than the total increase in the state. In Massachusetts the increase in cities was GO per cent. of the whole increase; in Oonnecticut 95 per cent. ; in Ehode Island 70 per cent.; in New York more than 75 per cent. ; in Pennsylvania nearly 50 per cent. : in Ohio more than 50 rei