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The census revealed that, for the first time, more Americans were living in urban areas than rural ones. In Virginia, however, this historic transition did not occur for another thirty years; it was not until that the census recorded that the majority of Virginians lived in cities and towns. But the process of urbanization had latin Rhode Island women dating occurring for centuries.

The English encouraged urbanization in colonial Virginia, but Virginia's plantation economy and well-developed system of rivers militated against the growth of towns. Virginia's cities grew slowly, but they did grow.

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ByRichmond, Petersburg, Norfolk, Alexandria, and Wheeling all had populations greater than 30, Cities in the state were closely connected to the countryside around them. Both before and after the Civil War, cities served as markets for local agricultural produce and provided manufactured goods in return. After the Civil War, city populations started to grow.

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The expansion of the railro, fueled by northern capital, also encouraged urban growth. Tobacco manufacturing, flour and textile milling, and the processing of agricultural products remained the most important urban activities. Richmond became a national leader in the production of cigarettes.

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Danville and Martinsville, with easy access to southern cotton and wool, became booming textile centers. Martinsville also became a center for furniture manufacturing.

The industrial revolution also affected the way Virginia cities grew. Railro carried coal across the state to Norfolk and Newport News, which became booming ports. Hampton Ro asexual dating Elkhart a naval base, and shipbuilding became an important industry.

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Improvements in transportation allowed cities to grow physically. After the Civil War, trolleys were still being pulled by animals. Access to central cities was difficult.

Generally, wealthier people lived downtown while the working classes lived on the outskirts. Electric trolleys changed that. Electric streetcars were introduced in Richmond in and quickly adopted by other cities: Danville later in and Norfolk in Streetcars do Los Angeles men date black women land surrounding the city available for suburban development, further separating places of employment from residences.

This expansion and separation contributed to another nineteenth-century phenomena—racial segregation.

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While the downtown served as a hub of activity and provided employment for all, residential neighborhoods became race specific. As cities grew, so woman seeking men in Wilmington did the demand for services—water, gas, electricity, police and fire protection, and sewage. In Norfolk, telephone service was introduced in and electric lights two years later. Bymost Richmond homes were wired for electricity.

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Cities grew in other ways too. Adjacent areas often wanted to be annexed in order good date restaurants Amarillo TX receive better services. The expansion of the city of Norfolk through annexation—Brambleton in and Atlantic City in —was typical of the period around the turn of the century. Cities were retail centers, and downtown stores provided goods to city residents as well as those from the surrounding region.

Saturdays were busy days as trains and cars brought shoppers, many of whom traveled fifty miles or more to spend Oklahoma or dating day in the city. The population of Virginia's urban areas swelled with migrants from the countryside during both World Wars. Military installations, munitions works, chemical plants, and furniture factories all expanded.

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The village of Hopewell grew from a hamlet of in to a free sex black Norwich of more than 20, in a few short months. When it opened in Arlington inthe Pentagon employed more people than lived in the county two years earlier. After World War II, the Cold War, with its expanding military-industrial complex, ensured a continuation of the date Topeka KS girl spending and military-related industry in Virginia.

The postwar era also brought increased suburbanization and ushered in a two-decade period of rising prosperity. New home construction boomed, and young families moved out of crowded central cities. Suburbanization increased even more with the desegregation of public schools, especially after the widespread implementation of busing in the s.

White flight was followed by the exodus of many middle-class African American residents from central cities. Retail stores also moved to the suburbs, often locating in shopping centers—later called malls. Bymore than 80 percent of all Virginians resided in the state's forty-one cities and incorporated towns. Half the state's population now lives in Northern Virginia and the Cute date ideas NJ Ro area. Of the roughly one million Virginians who live in rural areas, only around 60, are farmers or farm workers.

This represents less than 1 percent of the population. Teachers: Visit Teaching with Photographs for questions to ask your students about Industrialization in Virginia.

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Industrialization in Virginia The census revealed that, for the first time, more Americans were living in urban areas than rural ones.