Whoa! Although I understand that people who live in a town of 2500 are not rural, I’d think they are a lot closer to rural than living in a city. I’ve never imagined the conundrums of census writers, but this seems to highlight one of them.
By that definition I can easily see 70% of the country living in urban areas in the 60’s. Actually, by that definition, I would imagine that 1/2 the population would be considered urban by WWI.
Thank you very much for the explanation. It’s easy to see why the country seemed urbanized even though most people didn’t live in towns large enough to introduce, much less support, mass transit.