America Is MOSTLY Rural With Pockets Of Urban Suburbia
America Is MOSTLY Rural With Pockets Of Urban Suburbia by Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
I am about to wrap up a journey of more than 8,000 miles while traveling (driving) from the far reaches of the northeast all the way to California and back again along a different route.
It has been an amazing and very enjoyable experience, and while I have traveled LOTS during my previous career, that travel always involved flying from one location to another and is no comparison to my recent experience. Driving these distances is an entirely (ENTIRELY) different experience.
Why? Here’s why…
Because driving from coast to coast on the highways and roads in-between reveals the VASTNESS of land between TINY DOTS of VERY DENSE POPULATION. It is really quite remarkable. The “in-between” is HUGE. Most of our country is rural, seemingly barely populated, or not populated at all.
It is true that east of the Mississippi bears lots more population density on average than west, however until you reach the notorious corridors of population (e.g the mid Atlantic up the coast from DC to New York to Boston), lots of the rest is mostly rural except for the city regions and their attached suburban regions.
Several key thoughts and observations really strike home while driving across this great country…
1. How the politics, rules, and regulations that emanate from these relatively tiny pockets of heavily populated regions affect the vast and immense geographical rural areas in-between where day to day life is so very different. Not sure how to solve that difference, but it is quite evident.
2. How you can be driving for hours and hours with a relatively light or normal amount of vehicle traffic and then suddenly it ramps up to chaos, close-calls, and crazy aggressive drivers as you traverse a populated region. And then fairly quickly you’re out of it as you drive on and it returns to ‘normal’. Exceptions to this are in the notoriously population dense regions of the country where it’s chaos all of the time (no rural areas in-between)…