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The state with the greatest fraction of its population in urban areas

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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.

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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.


The premise states that California has the highest fraction of population in urban area. In California, Out of every 100 people, 91 lives in urban area and 9 lives in rural area. so for other state, out of 100, less than 90 ppl lives in urban and greater than 9 in rural. so no other state has the smaller fraction in rural area than California has.

So Answer option A is correct.
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I go with A, because that is basically what the first part of the first sentence implies: "The state with the greatest fraction of its population in urban areas,". --> California has to be the state with the lowest fraction of its population in rural areas.
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New post 04 Jun 2018, 21:22
IMO the answer should be A. Answer D might be tempting at first, but on reread you will understand we do not have much data on urban population to support that thought.
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A is clear answer as California has smallest population living in rural area.
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New post 07 Jun 2018, 18:05
IMO ans is A

As per premise California has the highest fraction of population in urban urban area. out of every 100 people, 91 lives in urban area and 9 lives in rural area. so for other state, out of 100, less than 90 ppl lives in urban and greater than 9 in rural. so no other state has the smaller fraction in rural area than California has.
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The passage states that of all the states, California has the greatest fraction of its population (91 out of 100) living in urban areas. That means only 9 out of every 100 california residents live in rural areas. The greatest fraction of any other states’ population living in urban areas, to be smaller than California’s fraction, must be 90 or fewer out of every 100. That means that, in every other state, 10 or more out of every 100 residents live in rural areas. Since 9 out of every 100 is smaller than 10 or more out of every 100, so A is the correct answer.

B is incorrect. In order to decide whether this statement is true, it is necessary to know about rates of population growth. No such information is provided in the passage. The third answer choice is also incorrect. Since 96 percent of the land is outside urban areas, 4 percent is inside urban areas. Thus, 91 percent of the population lives on 4 percent of the land. The fourth answer choice is incorrect. The passage does not provide enough information to determine whether this statement is true or false. No comparison is made between the amount of land area in California devoted to urban settlement and the amount of land area in other states devoted to urban settlement. E is incorrect. The passage does not provide sufficient information to determine whether this statement is true or false. Information on the actual size of the population as compared to the total land area of California and other states would be necessary to make a judgment about population density in these states.
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New post 04 Apr 2019, 23:15
Bunuel wrote:
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.



It's simple, Statement tells nothing about area distribution, and population growth.
Every option except A talks about either area distribution or population growth, and thus they're wrong as we can't say anything about these. So, option A is correct.
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