Thanks to drastic increases in crop yields and the falling need for manual farm labor, a mass migration towards cities started in the years following the Industrial Revolution.
– Tyler Durden
This phenomenon first originated in developed economies as people moved to work in factories that produced consumer goods at a scale never before seen. Then in the 1950s, developing economies started to follow suit.
As VisualCapitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, the results have been staggering, and today a country like China has at least 35 massive cities that each have an economic output comparable to entire countries. …
(…) After many decades of urbanization, the portion of people living in urban areas has surpassed the total rural population. This happened in 2007, and we are now in the first window in human history in which more people are city dwellers.
So what cities are the meccas for urban migration today? And which are falling out of favor?
THE FASTEST GROWING CITIES (2000-2016)
The following interactive and zoomable map was put together by Datawrapper, using data from the United Nations.
It lists 500 cities with over 1 million people, and is shaded based on annualized population growth rate between 2000 and 2016. Percent growth corresponds with darker shades of teal, while orange symbolizes negative growth over the timeframe.
It’s strongly recommended to explore the map by zooming in on particular regions. Highlighting cities themselves will give you population details for 2000 and 2016, as well as an annualized percentage growth rate.
Here are some areas we thought were worth looking at in more detail: …