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The 10 Most and 10 Least Densely Populated Major Cities in America

Money Talks News Logo By David Heacock of Money Talks News | Slide 1 of 22: This story originally appeared on Filterbuy. Today, the split of urban and rural Americans looks almost inverted compared with the population distribution of more than two centuries ago. In 2010, the share of Americans living in urban areas surpassed 80 percent for the first time. With increasingly divergent economic prospects in urban and rural America, there is good reason to believe that the trend toward city living could continue. While many rural areas stagnate or decline, urban areas continue to attract jobs and capital investment. One question now, however, is whether COVID-19 will slow down or reverse that pattern. The hustle and bustle that gives large, densely-populated cities their character — with large numbers of people from many different places constantly crossing paths and crowding together — also creates the conditions for widespread transmission of viruses like COVID-19. Indeed, some of the worst-hit areas in the pandemic have been dense urban centers, including America’s two largest metros: New York City and Los Angeles. As a result, there are some early indications that urbanites are showing a greater preference for low-density living with more outdoor space. But as the fall surge of coronavirus cases in the upper Midwest has shown, even rural communities are not invulnerable from viral spread, and it remains to be seen whether these shifts in living preferences will prove durable even after vaccines are widely available and the threat of COVID-19 subsides. For now, urbanization remains the dominant characteristic in many parts of the country outside of New England, the Midwest, and parts of the South. In fact, nine states have more than 90 percent of their population living in urban areas, led by California at 95 percent. Across the country, only four states — Mississippi, West Virginia, Vermont, and Maine — have less than half of their population in urban areas. To find which cities have the highest and lowest population density, researchers at Filterbuy collected population and land area figures for every U.S. city with a population above 100,000 to calculate the population density per square mile. The researchers also pulled population data from 2010 to show how density has changed in these cities over the last decade. Here are the most densely populated cities in America, followed by the least densely populated. It’s not the usual blah, blah, blah. Click here to sign up for our free newsletter. Sponsored: Earn $20 in less than 30 seconds Earn extra money by using Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) — a site that gets you cash back at more than 2,500 stores. As a bonus for joining Rakuten, you’ll earn $20 when you sign up using our link and spend at least $20 shopping online through Rakuten within the first 90 days. Start earning cash back and claim a free $20 bonus today.

The 10 Most and 10 Least Densely Populated Major Cities in America

This story originally appeared on Filterbuy.

Today, the split of urban and rural Americans looks almost inverted compared with the population distribution of more than two centuries ago. In 2010, the share of Americans living in urban areas surpassed 80 percent for the first time. With increasingly divergent economic prospects in urban and rural America, there is good reason to believe that the trend toward city living could continue. While many rural areas stagnate or decline, urban areas continue to attract jobs and capital investment.

One question now, however, is whether COVID-19 will slow down or reverse that pattern. The hustle and bustle that gives large, densely-populated cities their character — with large numbers of people from many different places constantly crossing paths and crowding together — also creates the conditions for widespread transmission of viruses like COVID-19. Indeed, some of the worst-hit areas in the pandemic have been dense urban centers, including America’s two largest metros: New York City and Los Angeles.

As a result, there are some early indications that urbanites are showing a greater preference for low-density living with more outdoor space. But as the fall surge of coronavirus cases in the upper Midwest has shown, even rural communities are not invulnerable from viral spread, and it remains to be seen whether these shifts in living preferences will prove durable even after vaccines are widely available and the threat of COVID-19 subsides.

For now, urbanization remains the dominant characteristic in many parts of the country outside of New England, the Midwest, and parts of the South. In fact, nine states have more than 90 percent of their population living in urban areas, led by California at 95 percent. Across the country, only four states — Mississippi, West Virginia, Vermont, and Maine — have less than half of their population in urban areas.

To find which cities have the highest and lowest population density, researchers at Filterbuy collected population and land area figures for every U.S. city with a population above 100,000 to calculate the population density per square mile. The researchers also pulled population data from 2010 to show how density has changed in these cities over the last decade.

Here are the most densely populated cities in America, followed by the least densely populated.

It’s not the usual blah, blah, blah. Click here to sign up for our free newsletter.

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