Sunday, November 8, 2009

Theme of Geogrpahy Report- Population and Settlement

The theme of geography that I picked was Population and settlement. I chose this theme because I thought that it would be interesting to learn more about how the population of North America is constantly changing and how it affects our lives.

There are more than three hundred and thirty five people living in North America today. The settlement of North America has changed drastically so it has the ability to fill the needs of the people living all across North America. The metropolitan clusters make up most of North America’s population geography. The problem with that is that it produces uneven patterns of settlement all across the region of North America. North America’s population has been increasing at a high rate since the beginning of European colonization. There are many foreign immigrants that are coming into North America today which is also raising the population. There are currently more than forty three million foreign-born immigrants living in North America. After World War two the birthrates in North America rose which caused the baby boom generation, which was born between 1946 and 1965. Today the rates of natural increase are below one percent, which means that the overall population is now growing older. The most common migration change in North America is people moving west. By the year 1990 there was more than half of the population of the Unites States that were living west of the Mississippi River. Another migration change is migration taking people from the country into the city. Today 80 percent of North America’s population is urban. Many people move from the country to the city because of better job opportunities in the city.

I found the theme Population and settlement was very interesting. It showed me how the population of North America has shaped today and I now know why there are so many buildings, stores, and other things that we need to live our lives. I feel that I know a lot more about the population of North America now.

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