Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1999


Published in Great Plains Research 9 (Spring 1999). Copyright © 1999 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


About 80% of America's population now lives in metropolitan areas, and almost 90% of recent population growth has occurred in towns, cities, and urban communities. The increasing urbanization of America has led to growth pressures in many communities, large and small. And although growth is championed by a majority of American communities for economic reasons, the repercussions of fast-paced urban development have caused many places to consider and adopt better ways of guiding the composition, quality, and location of future expansion.