When George Washington took the oath of office as President of the United States in 1790, ninety percent of Americans lived in rural areas. The largest cities in the United States were:
- New York City - 26,000
- Philadelphia - 24,000
- Boston - 16,000
- Charleston, South Carolina - 12,000
- Newport, Rhode Island - 11,000
By 1900 the world's largest cities were in Europe or North America. By 2025, the largest cities in the world will be in Asia, Latin and South America, and Africa.
More and more we are city dwellers - so get used to the traffic.