Contemporary American life often appears to be dominated by its cities. In the first years of its existence in the last quarter of the 18th century, however, the United States was overwhelmingly rural. How many American cities had a population of 50,000 or more?

Answer: None. There were only towns with a population over 5,000, and twelve with populations over 2,500. London, by contrast, had a population of 1 million at this time.

Source: The Cambridge Economic History of Europe VI by H.J. Habakkuk et al

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