By 2025, a staggering 40 billion people will be living in cities.
The number of urban dwellers is expected to rise from 8.5 billion in 2020 to 14.3 billion in 2060, according to a report by the US Department of Commerce’s Global Urban Areas Initiative.
But while the number of people living in urban areas has risen, the number living in rural areas has remained relatively static.
This is because rural populations tend to have lower incomes, lack access to health care and other public services, and live in communities that are less conducive to mobility.
What is happening?
Urban areas are changing in many ways.
While many are embracing the notion of the “endless” sphere, they are also becoming more mobile and more urban.
The end result is a greater number of living places in urban and rural areas.
The “end of cities” is the end of urban life, while the “invisible economy” is how the economy functions in urban centres.
What does that mean for the people who live in cities?
Living in cities can be a very isolating experience.
You cannot walk into a store and buy things without thinking about the commute and the cost of transport.
You can only afford the most basic things in a city if you have a car.
If you live in a rural area, there is often no grocery store or cafe to go to.
Many rural residents have limited access to jobs, so they may need to rely on subsistence-style incomes.
What will this mean for our society?
There are a few areas of the globe where people are already seeing a return to the city as a viable way of life.
In Australia, the world’s biggest economy, the city-dwelling population has been slowly declining, while rural populations are increasing.
There is also evidence that cities may be on the verge of being overtaken by rural communities, with more people living at home and fewer in urban settings.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to improve the lives of all people.
The 2030 targets set out to ensure that by the end (2070) all people on Earth have a minimum standard of living, and that they are living “a more sustainable life”.
But what is the global reality of this transition?
How will it affect our economy?
It will be difficult to say exactly what the future will look like, as there is no comprehensive national or regional indicator for measuring how cities are performing, or what the impact of the new urbanisation has been on the economy.
But there are many areas where cities are being transformed, including education, health, and the environment.
According to a World Bank report, in 2020, the urban population in the world was more than 6 billion people, and in 2030 that number will be close to 9 billion.
The number of new urban households in China and India is growing, and urbanisation is taking place in Brazil, Turkey and South Africa.
Urbanisation is also affecting the quality of life of rural residents.
In 2020, a US government report found that rural households were experiencing a “sharp decline in living standards” and that many had to rely solely on subsistence incomes.
In rural areas, the economy is dominated by small-scale industries.
In rural areas where the local community is poor, this means that people are not able to access basic services such as health and education.
There are also concerns about the effect of urbanisation on our climate, as the planet is getting warmer and hotter.
It is also possible that urbanisation will lead to increased air pollution and other environmental problems, as well as the rise of diseases like HIV/AIDS.
Will the end be good for us?
In some respects, the end is good.
In others, the shift from the urban to the rural is creating some big challenges for society.
For instance, rural areas are becoming more rural in scale, as urban populations move into more remote areas.
But many are also finding themselves in new cities, which are more conducive to the needs of urban people.
In some places, the transition is even worse.
Rural areas are already experiencing an increase in the number and size of people moving to cities.
In 2030, the population in rural Africa will be 7.5 times as large as in urban Africa.
There are currently more than 1.5 million people in rural Uganda, where the population has grown by almost a third since 1980.
In Africa, there are concerns about increasing inequality in rural economies, with some African governments calling for a minimum wage and better distribution of income between households.
The impact of urbanization is also having an impact on other aspects of life in cities, such as the health and safety of people and the security of people in their communities.
The United Nations has called for a shift from urbanisation to rural development, as a way of “stabilising and building resilient communities”.
Urbanisation has a wide range of effects on people and societies. As we