Do you ever give much thought to how much your life is influenced by where you live? One reason our house is for sale is because we like the idea of moving into a condo that is in a walkable neighborhood. This means we get a little more exercise, save on gas, and hopefully increase our sense of community as we increase the concentration of those around us. At the same time, we value privacy, nature, and living in a place that is for the most part quiet. So we struggle a bit with the grass-is-always greener mentality.
In the past few decades (and really far longer than that) there has been an exodus from rural areas into cities. Around the world more than half the population now lives in cities, and by 2050 we will see 65% to 85 % of the population in urban settings. This is a massive transformation with incredible implications for our future.
The image today captures the essence of the urban landscape and my ambivalent feeling about our rapidly changing world. While you might think that New York City is the most densely populated place in America, you would be wrong! It turns out the winner is Los Angeles and its surrounding areas with nearly 7,000 people per square mile, followed by San Francisco, San Jose, and Delano. Can you believe the top four most populated places to live in the nation all reside in California! And yes, New York City comes in 5th with 5,319 people per square mile.
One last thing you may not know. Our government in all its wisdom (and our money) has compiled a tremendous data base of information on communities throughout the nation. It’s called the Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) project and it allows you to search where you live by county and investigate all kinds of interesting things that you may know, and even more that you don’t. But as they say, knowledge is power, so I encourage you to check the site out.
And remind me to avoid California – I get claustrophobic in big crowds.