Urban Sprawl in a U.S. Metropolitan Area: Ways to Measure and a Comparison of the Sacramento Area to Similar Metropolitan Areas in California and the U.S.
Robert W. Wassmer
California State University, Sacramento - Department of Public Policy & Administration
September 8, 2000
CSUS Public Policy and Administration Working Paper No. 2000-03
This paper is the first step toward a broad research agenda that will define possible ways of measuring urban sprawl in U.S. metropolitan areas, test the notion that fiscal choices by local governments can further urban sprawl, and if appropriate, use this test to form the basis for public policies to reduce sprawl and the negative outcomes attributed to it. To derive a consensus on the best ways to measure the degree of urban sprawl in an U.S. metropolitan area, the paper begins with a short survey of previous economic, planning, and popular literature on the topic. Next, the paper offers values for the consensus ways of measuring urban sprawl in the Sacramento metropolitan region, two like regions in California, and three comparable regions in the United States. Partial correlation coefficients measure the association between these measures of urban sprawl and some measures of negative urban outcomes. The conclusion contains a discussion on the need for further research, and a few suggestions on how to go about it.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
JEL Classification: R0, R1
Date posted: October 4, 2000