Source: Rioux, J-P (1989) La révolution industrielle 1780-1880, Paris: Éditions du Seuil, p. 197.
Share of the Population in Agriculture, Early Industrial Countries, 1820-1910
Urbanization began to occur at a larger scale during the later part of the industrial revolution (1850-1925), mainly through a migration from the countryside to cities. By 1870, about half of the population of the first main industrial nations was no longer in the agricultural sector. England had reached this stage since 1820. By 1910, 94% of the English population lived in cities. This spurred a large demand for urban transportation and the development of the first transit systems.