Posted 16 January 2022 - 10:17 AM
Speaking more to the rural/urban divide, below is what Statscan defines them as (see below). Our concept of ‘small’ in 1880 and 2022 is not the same, in terms of population, but we don’t appear to have shifted the definition over a century and a half? Is that correct? It’s hard to find more info on this.
Now I’m really curious about what the divide is and has historically has been when viewed through a sliding scale of reasonable social/population definitions, like a large city being 100,000 people in 1880, and today’s social definition of a large city being home to 1 million or more. So, with that in mind, shouldn’t a ‘rural’ community of today be one with 10,000 people? Here are those definitions:
Rural area: Generally, an area with a population under 1,000, although the definition is slightly different for censuses before 1981.
Population centre: An area with a population of at least 1,000 and a density of 400 or more people per square kilometre. Population centres are classified into three groups, depending on the size of their population:
small population centres have a population between 1,000 and 29,999
medium population centres have a population between 30,000 and 99,999
large population centres have a population of 100,000 or over.
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