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Census 2000 Population Statistics

U.S. Population Living in Urban vs. Rural Areas

Geographic Division:# of AreasTotal PopulationPercent of U.S. Total
Total U.S. Population  285,230,516100
Population living in Urban Areas 2 3,629225,956,06079.219
Population living in Rural Areas  59,274,45620.781
Urban Area Categories:    
1. Urbanized Areas over 200,000 population 153166,215,88958.274
2. Urbanized Areas 50,000 - 199,999 population 31029,584,62610.372
3. Urban Clusters 5,000 - 49,999 population 183825,438,2758.918
4. Urban Clusters 2,500 - 4,999 population 13284,717,2701.654

1U.S. population is defined as residents of the 50 States, plus the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It does not include residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands or U.S. Pacific Trust Territories.

2Urban areas include all urbanized areas (over 50,000 population) and Urban Clusters (2,500 to 49,999 population) as defined by the Bureau of the Census in the 2000 Decennial Census.

Updated: 5/6/2011
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