From Physical to Political Geography

Descriptions of Population Distribution in Census

Publications: 1800, 1900, and 2000



Early in the country’s history, descriptions of population distribution across the landscape were tied closely to physical features such as mountains and rivers. Once the extent of generally settled area was established, descriptions tended to focus on gains, losses, and movement of people within and between specific territories, states, or places. By the 20th century, a broader view of population distribution on a national scale is reflected by the increased use of terms such as suburban, rural, metropolitan, and counties. These wordclouds offer an interesting summary of some of the key words in the original material.

Creator US Census Bureau
Contributor US Census Bureau
Resource Type Activities/Exercises/Assignments/Modules
Language English
Education Level Higher Ed
Interactivity Type Active
Interactivity Level High
Access Rights Free Access

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