New York. Beijing. London. Tokyo. Los Angeles. These cities are not merely cities; they are urban jungles.
With incomprehensible populations, skyscrapers that literally scrape the sky and enough streetlights to make you forget about the sun, these cities represent the worldwide trend of urbanization. And these cities are not alone. Hundreds of cities, worldwide, are experiencing growth like never before. As the world’s population continues to rise, so does the growth and expansion of cities and urban life all over.
In 1804, the world population was 1 billion people. By 1927, the population doubled to 2 billion people. That’s a growth of 1 billion people over 123 years. Sounds like a lot, right? Well, over the last 90 years, the world population has grown from 2 to roughly 7.5 billion people! With advancements in technology, medicine and general modernization, people are living longer lives and the growth doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
The majority of this growth has been seen in cities all over the world. Buildings are getting taller. City borders are expanding. And millions of people are densely living together in truly enormous urban jungles, packed with concrete and metal. In 1900, 13% of the world population lived in urban areas. By 1950, that percentage rose to 29% and by 2004 it was 49%. Today, roughly 54% of the world population is living in cities. That’s a little bit more than 3.5 billion people living in cities all over the world! Now that’s urbanization…
And this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Experts expect the continuing rise in population to be absorbed almost fully by urban regions. This is due largely to the modern life of the 21st century. Less farmers, more lawyers. Less miners, more investment bankers. Less small towns where everyone knows everybody, more monster cities where you don’t even know everyone in your building.
Personally, I love living in the city. There’s always something to do, the pace never slows down and life is never boring. So, welcome to the jungle, where trees and mud are replaced by metal and concrete. The sounds of traffic and sirens overpower the ambiance of nature. You’ll need your urban survival skills, where rivers are highways, and streetlights mask the stars.