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The vast majority of families in the United States reside in an urban environment: those densely developed residential and commercial centers with a population density at or greater than 2,500 people per square mile. Beginning with a more detailed look at the demographics of urban families, this entry highlights the psychosocial forces that are salient for this population and discusses the importance of multicultural competence and a social justice approach for those who do counseling work with urban families.


The 2010 national census for the United States iden-tified 486 urban centers containing 249,253,271 people, representing 80.7% of the population. The number of urban centers is on the rise: 36 more were added between the 2000 and the 2010 census. While the recent increase in newly defined ...

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