the process by which a country's population changes from primarily rural to urban. It is caused by the migration of people from the country side to the city in search of better jobs and living conditions.
The long-term but increasingly intensifying shift of human populations from the country to the city. It is a process that has contributed significantly to the reduction of open spaces available for recreation as land was expropriated for the building of industrial infrastructure. As fields disappeared with no new playgrounds to replace them, it became harder to find places to hold outdoor sports, festivals, and other forms of public gathering, which shaped the development of popular culture in significant ways.
MS = The process whereby a society changes from a rural to an urban way of life. It refers also to the gradual increase in the proportion of people living in urban areas. AN = specify geog if pertinent UI = D014507
in general, the historical process describing the growth of towns in modern society, implying a change in the socio-economic and demographic structure of a population, an urban way of life and new settlement.
Urbanization or urbanisation is the increase over time in the population of cities in relation to the region's rural population. Urbanization has effects on the ecology of a region and on its economy. Urban sociology also observes that people's psychology and lifestyles change in an urban environment.