Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Exurban-less Pittsburgh

So this is no shock. But according to a new Brookings report Pittsburgh has virtually no exurban communities. It actually ranked 82 of 88 regions across the country in terms of the percentage of population considered exurban (2.1% in 2000).

What are exurbs? Exurban areas are generally considered the areas on the periphery of a metropolitan area that are showing signs of growth as metropolitan areas expand. It is not exactly a term that has a precise definition, but generally describes rural areas rapidly transforming into suburban communities. In percentage terms these areas have shown some of the highest growth in recent decades. Exurban growth is generally low density residential development and is widely considered 'sprawl' as popularly defined. This report is talking about the region, but if you are interested here is a map of population density in Allegheny County. I am not sure if I have something similar for the MSA.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pittsburgh has virtually no exurban residents, ranking 82nd out of 88 metro regions, according to a 2006 report from the Brookings Institution? That can't be right!

"Pittsburgh [is] by far the worst-sprawling large metropolitan region in the country." Thus says a 2003 report from, uh, the Brookings Institution (p. 49).

Never mind.

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