Table of the urban and rural population of the Lower St. Lawrence

The region’s population doubled between 1891 and 1951. During this period, economic conditions encouraged the rise of several urban centres. The lumber and railway industries were the principal motors of this development. Forestry and agricultural products, as well as manufactured items, travelled by rail to distant markets from large and small stations in the region. In 1951, for the first time, the rural population numbered less than that of city dwellers.

Jean-Charles Fortin et al. Histoire du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Éditions Marquis, Montmagny, 1993. P.363

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Learning Objectives

• Interpret a population table.
• Observe the urbanization process of the first half of the 20th century.
• Understand rural exodus and urban growth.
• Realize the long-term impact of the new communication networks.

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