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Note: A dramatic increase in the number of new urbanites and the amount of new urban housing occurred after the Second World War in both Canada and the United States. By virtue of the latter’s much greater size, American urban population and housing growth has outstripped Canadian in absolute terms, decade over decade. However, the proportion of each country’s population living in urban settlements has been about the same over the past 150 years. The statistical definition of “urban” population has changed over time in both countries but generally refers to the population in settlements of over a thousand people. Canada did not distinguish urban from rural dwellings before 1920.
Sources: Canada and United States Censuses, various years.
Taylor, Zack, "Figure 1.1 Population and housing growth, North America, 1860-2000.pdf" (2019). Shaping the Metropolis: Institutions and Urbanization in the United States and Canada by Zack Taylor. 2.