Skyscrapers and traffic keep Caracas, Venezuela, alight well into the evening. The amount of electricity used by an area is often a key to its level of development. Electricity is used by homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals. Caracas, a modern urban area, is highly developed.

Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie

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Encyclopedic entry. Development is the process of growth, or changing from one condition to another. In economics, development is change from a traditional economy to one based on technology.