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California [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 06:15
The state with the greatest fraction of its population in urban areas, if the urban areas are considered to include the suburbs, is California. The West is highly urbanized, but California is exceptional even in that region: 91 percent of its population lives in urban areas. Geographically, however, California is rural: 96 percent of its land is outside urban areas.

If all of the statements are true, which of the following is best supported on the basis of them?

A. No state has a smaller fraction of its population in rural areas than California has.

B. The current rate of population growth in California's urban areas exceeds that current rate of population growth in California's rural areas.

C. In California 96 percent of the population lives on 9 percent of the land.

D. No state has a smaller area devoted to urban settlement than California has.

E. California's population density is among the highest of all states in the United States.

Please explain.Thanks.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 06:25
I am going with A

The passage says California is exceptional because such a big population lives in urban areas .

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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 06:25
C. A,D,E talk about comparision with the other states, which has nt bn specified.
B/w B, C.... C looks better.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 06:30
No doubt, A it is.

If California is the state with greatest fraction of its population in the urban areas , it should be the state with the smallest fraction of that in rural areas.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 06:47
Yea , got it now..should be A...but was wondering what is wrong with C...plz explain

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No doubt, A it is.

If California is the state with greatest fraction of its population in the urban areas , it should be the state with the smallest fraction of that in rural areas.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 06:52
Reverse of C is true :)

96% land is rural. 91% population lives in urban. So 9% in rural

So, 9 percent of the population lives on 96 percent of the land.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 07:28
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Yea , got it now..should be A...but was wondering what is wrong with C...plz explain


Agree with remgeo. The numbers in C are mixed up :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 07:36
Hey thanks for the clarification...shud hav noticed in the first place.
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Re: California [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 11:15
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The state with the greatest fraction of its population in urban areas, if the urban areas are considered to include the suburbs, is California. The West is highly urbanized, but California is exceptional even in that region: 91 percent of its population lives in urban areas. Geographically, however, California is rural: 96 percent of its land is outside urban areas.

If all of the statements are true, which of the following is best supported on the basis of them?

A. No state has a smaller fraction of its population in rural areas than California has.

B. The current rate of population growth in California's urban areas exceeds that current rate of population growth in California's rural areas.

C. In California 96 percent of the population lives on 9 percent of the land.

D. No state has a smaller area devoted to urban settlement than California has.

E. California's population density is among the highest of all states in the United States.

Please explain.Thanks.


"A".

"C" would have been the best choice if it had correct numbers. "B", "D" and "E" are outside the scope of the passage as no comparison between California and other states has been done.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 20:13
It should be A. :)
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