Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis


Cities and towns--Growth;


Urban sprawl concerns planners, urban economists, and city governments because of several negative side effects associated with it. Urban sprawl can be defined many ways, but the Merriam-Webster Dictionary states it as “the spreading of urban developments (as houses and shopping centers) on undeveloped land near a city.” Deprivation of the environment, automobile reliance, inner city poverty, and even obesity are suggested to be linked to sprawl. In order to address urban sprawl effectively, its causes need to be identified. Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression analysis will be used to show factors that may contribute to urban sprawl in the United States. The model uses more recent data than the previous model by Brueckner and Fansler (1983), which it is based on. The results suggest that population, transportation costs, and violent crime rates are significant factors in explaining the amount of urban sprawl; household income may not be as important as once thought in influencing urban sprawl.

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University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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