The U.S. Archipelago

The U.S. population distribution is uneven. This uneven distribution of the population is due to historical and geophysical factors (climate, landforms, soil conditions). Approximately 40% of the U.S. population lived in counties on the shore. Nowadays, population decline hit most nonmetro U.S. counties in the Great Plains. Speedy population increases in nonmetro counties nearest to large-sized metro areas and recreation regions with beautiful landscapes.

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