- May 2014
I think the centre of Industry and Populations were much more compact when America was industrialising (mainly in the northern eastern corner) compared to the distances in Russia during the same period.
Also, though, this population density principle might have been true for European industrialization as well:
Indeed, the part of Europe stretching from southern Britain to the southern Low Countries to the Rhineland and to Alsace-Lorraine appears to have been both extremely populous and extremely industrialized even before the start of World War I. Plus, it is worth noting that this part of Europe also had a lot of natural resources located in it (which certainly could have helped this part of Europe industrialize) :