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Old 09-02-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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wow, but what % is rural? I bet it's not third percentage-wise...
like 22-23%

PA does have a large % proportion that is rural relative to many states, quite a dichotomy

Much of the central portion is more like appalachia America
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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wow, but what % is rural? I bet it's not third percentage-wise...
Alabama is the most rural state at 44%
NC is second at 40%
Tennessee is 3rd at 36%
Virginia 5th at 27%
Georgia is 4th at 28%

Pennsylvania is 7th with 23%
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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I'm very surprised! Touche!!
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:02 PM
 
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I'm very surprised! Touche!!
I may be a homer, but I don't just say things to be mean.

Anyway why would you be surprised? NY isn't that far behind Philly.

Even though a lot of people live in the city, the state also has a large rural population. It has the 10th largest rural population in the US.

the western states are mostly empty, and you will find that most of the people live in the city. Besides agriculture; mountains, deserts and national parks take up much of the available space in these states. So you will find that a higher percentage of people live in the cities in those states

Texas is the only state West of the Mississippi that has a sizable rural population, but the percentage is rapidly falling. Out of about 25M people, over 17M now live in the Texas Triangle
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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I bet Japan has a larger rural population than Pennsylvania, but percentage-wise Japan is one of the most urban countries in the world, but its population is so large that you could use the total to skew the numbers.
Japan is more urban than PA.

Out of 125M people, 35M people live in the Tokyo region alone. 100M is concentrated in the Honshu region and only 5% of the population live in rural areas.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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I may be a homer, but I don't just say things to be mean.

Anyway why would you be surprised? NY isn't that far behind Philly.

Even though a lot of people live in the city, the state also has a large rural population. It has the 10th largest rural population in the US.

the western states are mostly empty, and you will find that most of the people live in the city. Besides agriculture; mountains, deserts and national parks take up much of the available space in these states. So you will find that a higher percentage of people live in the cities in those states

Texas is the only state West of the Mississippi that has a sizable rural population, but the percentage is rapidly falling. Out of about 25M people, over 17M now live in the Texas Triangle
I'm surprised because I always associated PA with its big, industrial and urban cities like Pittsburgh or Philly.....not the rural farms or Appalachia America.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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Japan is more urban than PA.

Out of 125M people, 35M people live in the Tokyo region alone. 100M is concentrated in the Honshu region and only 5% of the population live in rural areas.
I'm not sure you got this.....I think Japan is about 80% urban, so that means roughly 25 million people live in rural areas, which is more than PA, but I don't consider Japan more rural than PA, which is why I always refer to percentages to get that old "apples to apples" comparison.
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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like 22-23%

PA does have a large % proportion that is rural relative to many states, quite a dichotomy

Much of the central portion is more like appalachia America

central PA is appalachian america and so is parts of upstate NY.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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I may be a homer, but I don't just say things to be mean.

Anyway why would you be surprised? NY isn't that far behind Philly.

Even though a lot of people live in the city, the state also has a large rural population. It has the 10th largest rural population in the US.

the western states are mostly empty, and you will find that most of the people live in the city. Besides agriculture; mountains, deserts and national parks take up much of the available space in these states. So you will find that a higher percentage of people live in the cities in those states

Texas is the only state West of the Mississippi that has a sizable rural population, but the percentage is rapidly falling. Out of about 25M people, over 17M now live in the Texas Triangle

I think many people are surprised by the dichotomy of the NE, yes the huge cities on the coast then large and wide (not extremely tall) with some beautiful contryside just oustside the populated swath. Seriously from most of these cities within a little over an hout you can be in pastoral mountainouse settings or wine country, beautiful lakes, bays, and some of the most fertile growing areas in the world.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:27 PM
 
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I think in the SE and PN more people live in the country because they have the opportunity. The hilly areas aren't suited for large farms. Cotton plantations are a thing of the past so they can be divided. There are plenty of larg towns and small cities where it's easy to work in town and live in the country. Industrial development thrived in the rural areas in the 70s & 80s, so it wasn't even necessary to go to town to find work.
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