Story: Rural mythologies

Rural and urban populations, 1891–1951

Rural and urban populations, 1891–1951

In the 60 years after 1890 New Zealand moved from being a rural society to an urban one. The definition of ‘urban’ in the census was a centre of more than 1,000 people, so not all of these people were living in large cities. By the 1950s only about a quarter of the population were living on farms or in rural townships.

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Source: New Zealand official yearbook, 1990

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Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Country versus city, 1890–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/20312/rural-and-urban-populations-1891-1951 (accessed 22 June 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008