US Cities

US Cities

Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will define colonial settlement and urban expansion, as well as urban decentralization and urban expansion.

See More
Introduction to Sociology

Want to study the effects of an affordable education?
Our Intro to Sociology course for only $329.

Sophia's online courses not only save you up to 80% over traditional college**, but are also eligible for credit transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.* Start a free trial now.

  • Colonial Settlement

    Occurs when colonial powers establish a community in a territory they have occupied.

  • Metropolitan Era

    Refers to the time period from 1860-1950 when urbanization expanded in the United States due to historical circumstances and industrialization.

  • Urban Decentralization

    Social movement of people away from city centers to the suburbs.

  • Urban Expansion

    The growth of urban areas to cover more geographical area.

  • Megalopolis

    An extensive metropolitan area containing numerous cities and suburbs.