North America: Population Patterns

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Published on February 21, 2009

Author: mrjtoombs


Bellringer : Bellringer Looking at the pic of N. Amer at night, 1…where do most Americans live? 2… where do most Canadians live? Population Patterns : Population Patterns Population Count : Population Count Current Pop of US: Over 300 mill …of Canada: 32 mill Census: Counts pop. every 10 yrs; next count is in 2010 Density & Distribution : Density & Distribution Canada - 8 people per sq mile - Terrain is very rugged & bitterly cold - Poor soil around C. Shield - Most live along border; St Law. Riv Density & Distribution : Density & Distribution US - 78 people per sq mile - Most live in big cities - Large pops in NE & W Coast - South fastest growing (Sunbelt) Urbanization : Urbanization Lots of people move/live in big cities for great opportunities Most people in US (80%) & Can (60%) live in metropolitan areas (50,000 people or more) Urbanization : Urbanization Urbanization : Urbanization Suburbs – communities outside metro areas; fast growing Most urban centers are on the coast Megalopolis – “great city”; when large cities overlap one another “Boswash” (Baltimore & Washington, DC) is an example of a Megalopolis. Washington, DC Baltimore Future Trends: 2050 : Future Trends: 2050 Low birthrates 0.5% increase of pop per yr Whites will b/c minority b/c of low birthrates & high influx of immigrants Est pop of 438 mill Half of pop will be retired; small workforce 1 in 5 immigrants; 1 in 9 today Impacts of Colonization : Impacts of Colonization Colonization – the act or process of establishing control over a country or area by a more powerful and often distant country Slide 12: French English Spainish Settlin’ In : Settlin’ In British colonized much of the east coast of the United States French settled Canada & much of the land W of the Appalachians Spanish settled in FL & parts of Tex & Arizona Cause: Expand their Empires, power, & wealth Effects : Effects French – 23% of Can. speak it; most live in Quebec; govt operates in both lang.; Louisiana w/ Cajun & Creole dialects British – govt; natl. lang of US; customs/traditions Spanish – Foods, names, architecture; large Span pop. where old colonies once were

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