Why do Americans live along the coast? 

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many reasons why Americans live along the coast.  When people first moved to this continent, it made sense for them to live along the coast.  It was the point of entry for most people.  These coastal areas were the easiest places to settle.  It also was easier to trade by living in coastal areas.  Fisherman could sustain their livelihood if they lived near the coast.  Thus, cities began to develop near the coast.  As more people came to the United States, these cities grew.  More jobs were available in cities, and eventually there were more things to do in the cities.  Being near the coast also made it easier for people to travel, especially before modern forms of transportation developed.  Eventually, more cities developed along the coast as the population continued to grow.  There are many reasons why Americans live near the coast.