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Journal Article

Urbanization and Counterurbanization in the United States

Brian J. L. Berry
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 451, Changing Cities: A Challenge to Planning (Sep., 1980), pp. 13-20
https://www.jstor.org/stable/1043157
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Abstract

Urbanization, the process of population concentration, has been succeeded in the United States by counterurbanization, a process of population deconcentration characterized by smaller sizes, decreasing densities, and increasing local homogeneity, set within widening radii of national interdependence. This article reviews this shift, the means by which a national society is producing a national settlement system.