SUBURBAN SPRAWL AND THE ENERGY SITUATION

The energy situation may produce extremely significant, long-reaching effects upon the country's population movement history. An examination of population movements in the United States indicates three major trends. The first of these is the migration from the central portions of the country to the coasts. The second is the increasing move toward metropolitan areas away from rural areas, which has skyrocketed since 1920. The final trend is the migration from the center city to the suburbs, which has been in increasing evidence since 1940. Since travel and home heating costs are basically the same in all sections of the country, the effect of the energy-situation on the first of the migration trends mentioned is likely to be inconsequential. The trend toward choosing urban living over rural should not be affected in any greater degree either, since the higher cost of commuting puts pressure transportation. Statistics show that the impact upon the trend of moving from center city to suburbs will also be moderate. A possible trend toward increasing employment opportunities in the suburbs may occur. This would provide jobs located near residences, which would be as effective in cutting work trip costs as a return to the center city to be near employment.

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    • Brown, G H
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  • Publication Date: 1974-11

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  • Pagination: p. 35-38
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    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 11

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  • Accession Number: 00082996
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1981 12:00AM