National Growth Trends

by Robert B. Seaman, (M.ASCE), Dir. of Engrg. Program; New England College, Henniker, N.H.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 1, Pg. 29-42

Document Type: Journal Paper


The 1980's will face a paradox of urban growth and decline in many areas throughout the United States. Recent U.S. Bureau of Census estimates and other observations reveal that since the 1970 census, dramatic shifts in population distribution patterns are taking place, reflecting a reversal of past urbanization trends towards fewer and larger metropolitan regions. While older central cities continue to face declining population and economic bases, expanding urban growth to nonmetropolitan areas and smaller cities unprepared to accommodate rapid growth pose numerous challenges to provide the necessary facilities with increasingly limited resources.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Population projection | Economic factors | Facility expansion | United States

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