What does urbanization mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. urbanization, urbanisation(noun)

    the condition of being urbanized

  2. urbanization, urbanisation(noun)

    the social process whereby cities grow and societies become more urban


  1. urbanization(Noun)

    the process of the formation and growth of cities

  2. urbanization(Noun)

    the change in a country or region when its population migrates from rural to urban areas

  3. urbanization(Noun)

    the proportion of a region's population that live in towns and cities; the rate at which this proportion is growing


  1. Urbanization

    Urbanization is the physical growth of urban areas as a result of rural migration and even suburban concentration into cities, particularly the very large ones. The United Nations projected that half of the world's population would live in urban areas at the end of 2008. By 2050 it is predicted that 64.1% and 85.9% of the developing and developed world respectively will be urbanized. Urbanization is closely linked to modernization, industrialization, and the sociological process of rationalization. Urbanization can describe a specific condition at a set time, i.e. the proportion of total population or area in cities or towns, or the term can describe the increase of this proportion over time. So the term urbanization can represent the level of urban relative to overall population, or it can represent the rate at which the urban proportion is increasing. Urbanization is not merely a modern phenomenon, but a rapid and historic transformation of human social roots on a global scale, whereby predominantly rural culture is being rapidly replaced by predominantly urban culture. The last major change in settlement patterns was the accumulation of hunter-gatherers into villages many thousand years ago. Village culture is characterized by common bloodlines, intimate relationships, and communal behavior whereas urban culture is characterized by distant bloodlines, unfamiliar relations, and competitive behavior. This unprecedented movement of people is forecast to continue and intensify in the next few decades, mushrooming cities to sizes incomprehensible only a century ago. Indeed, today, in Asia the urban agglomerations of Dhaka, Karachi, Mumbai, Delhi, Manila, Seoul and Beijing are each already home to over 20 million people, while the Pearl River Delta, Shanghai-Suzhou and Tokyo are forecast to approach or exceed 40 million people each within the coming decade. Outside Asia, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, New York City, Lagos and Cairo are fast approaching or home to over 20 million people already.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Urbanization

    The process whereby a society changes from a rural to an urban way of life. It refers also to the gradual increase in the proportion of people living in urban areas.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of urbanization in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of urbanization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mohan Guruswamy:

    If they give up on this, it will be a huge setback for industrialization, and for planned urbanization.

  2. John Rossant:

    This accelerating urbanization is largely an Asian story, there's been nothing like this in human history.

  3. Khoo Teng Chye:

    Through greater collaboration among cities, mass urbanization -- the result of a rapidly growing global urban population -- will ultimately benefit the human race.

  4. Alan Chiang:

    If China's urbanization was growing at its planned rate there would not be any (housing) oversupply. The main bottleneck for China's urbanization is the issue of hukou.

  5. Brian Walker:

    It's got a maturing audience, it's an educated audience, it's an audience that is very conversant with cafe culture, the urbanization of food, takeaway, home delivery and it's one in which service has always been a cornerstone, and because of its isolation, McDonald's are able to measure its performance.

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