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Hi guys. I would want to know which city or urban area within the lower 48 states of the U.S. is the most sprawled in terms of the ratio between population and the sprawled built-up area's total land area?

In my opinion, great candidates would be:
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Atlanta
Miami
Houston
Dallas-Fort Worth
Los Angeles (Southland)
Oklahoma City
Kansas City
New York (Tri-State Area)
Chicago-Milwaukee (Chicagoland)
 

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not a coincidence that of all those cities, 5 are in the top 10 fastest growing cities in the US and add more than 100,000 per year to their metro areas and lead the country in job growth.

my guess is Atlanta though, partially due to geography.
 

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There are trends too and IMO Atlanta has a viable and growing urban core. So it would, I think tend to be moving down that list of sprawl capitals over time. Where as many of those areas do not have much in the way of urban cores at all. So all growth in those areas in the future will be sprawl more or less.
 

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Hartford is more sprawled than Houston. It sounds stupid but taking the suburbs into consideration, I believe it. The suburbs in Houston that are 25 miles from downtown are of similar density to those that are 5 miles from dt. They build the buildings in suburban fashion, but close together.
 

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Here are some pictures of the sprawl in Houston from a local development company. If anone has any pictures of suburban Atlanta or Hartford or anywhere else, this is a good way to compare.



18-19 miles from the CBD


and looking west near the edge of the development about 25 miles from downtown
 

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Los Angeles is the most sprawling. Phoenix is also a top candidate for this list.
 

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Without a doubt southern California is the most sprawled out metro in the US and I live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

BTW, Dallas and Ft. Worth are 35 miles apart and the distance from the furthest western suburb (Weatherford) to the furthest eastern suburb (Terrell) is about 100 miles.
 
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