Why were individuals/immigrants attracted to cities?   

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There were several reasons why immigrants and individuals were attracted to the cities. One of those reasons was the availability of jobs. With the start of the industrial revolution, there were many jobs available in the cities. Immigrants, who were struggling economically in Europe and in Asia, came to the United States in search of a better life. This included finding jobs that they thought would pay them better than those jobs in their homeland. Immigrants had heard that a person could get very wealthy in the United States. Thus, one reason why they came to the United States was to find jobs. Unfortunately, most immigrants didn’t find the wealth they had hoped to find.

Some people came to the cities to escape the isolation of rural life. Many of these people were farmers. Farming was a very difficult job. The hours were long, and the work was very difficult. Plus, life was isolated in the countryside. Some of these people came to find jobs. Others came because there were more things to do in the city. Life wasn’t very isolated in the cities, unlike in the rural areas.

Cities offered immigrants a place where they could be with other people from their homeland. Moving to the United States was very difficult. The immigrants had to learn a new language, a new culture, and new ways of living. By living in ethnic neighborhoods in the cities, immigrants found it a little easier to adjust to living in the United States because they lived with people from their homeland who shared a common language and a common culture. Those immigrants who came here and settled here earlier could help the new immigrants adjust to life in the United States.

There were several reasons why immigrants came to this country and settled in the cities. There also were reasons why people moved from the countryside to the cities.

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