Cultural Geography of US and Canada

Population Patterns

Key Points

  • Both Canada and the United States are home to various groups of native peoples and descendants of immigrants
  • Physical geography impacts the distubtion and density of population in the U.S. and Canada
  • North Americas settlements and its largest cities developed along waterways
  • Natural resources and waterways for transportation helped North America industrialize


  • Immigration- Coming to permanently in a forgein in country
  • Native American- A member of any of the indigenous peoples of the Americas
  • Sunbelt- A part of land that receives a lot of sunshine
  • Urbanization- Becoming more like a city (turning a town into a city, urbanization)
  • Metropolitan Area- Region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, sharing industry, infrastructure, and housing
  • Suburb- An outlying district of a city
  • Megalopolis- A chain of roughly adjacent metropolitan areas
  • Mobility- The movement of people in a population, as from place to place, from job to job, or from one social class to another