Sprawling Subdivision
Sprawling Subdivision

A New Measure of Sprawl in America

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In 2001, Smart Growth America released the landmark study Measuring Sprawl and its Impact. This April, the organization will release the next edition of this flagship report with new information on the state of development in the United States.

Measuring Sprawl 2014 will look at development patterns in 221 metropolitan areas across the country and evaluate which communities are the least and most sprawling in the country. The report will score and rank every metropolitan area in the country based on its development, using a four-factor system developed by researchers at the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center.

This report will also look at how life in these communities is related to development patterns, and will include information about economic mobility, life expectancy, household costs, health, safety, and transportation options all as they relate to development.

Smart Growth America invites you to join the launch of Measuring Sprawl 2014. Together with the Metropolitan Research Center, the organization will hold an online event to detail the findings of this new report and to discuss growth strategies with communities highlighted in the new analysis. This free event will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT.

Register for this online event here, and visit the Smart Growth America website for more information.


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