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Rise of Industrial America
City Life in the Late 19th Century
Mapping Population Growth in Chicago

The following two maps graphically show the population density of the city of Chicago and surrounding area in 1850 and 1900. Each small dot on the maps represents 200 people. The circles represent larger populations up to two million people. The larger the circle, the larger the population represented. What do the maps tell you about where people were most likely to settle? Where did the populations increase most dramatically between 1850 and 1900? Why? What clues do these maps provide about why cities develop in certain places and not others?

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Chicago, 1850

Chicago distribution of population, 1850

Chicago, 1900

Chicago distribution of population, 1900


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