Why did towns and cities grow during and after the Industrial Revolution?

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The primary answer is the employment boom that accompanied the Industrial Revolution. The factories were located in the towns and attracted the rural population with new jobs. In fact, the Industrial Revolution brought more people into the cities than ever before. For instance, in 1850 Great Britain had more people living in the cities than the countryside. This occurred later for the United States as well.

Along with the employment came wealth. As people became employed in these cities and found a little...

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