Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring micropolitan areas as a source of population growth in Iowa
by Inbody, David G., M.P.A., Iowa State University, 2007, 97; 1446131
Abstract (Summary)

As sluggish growth persists in the state of Iowa, micropolitan areas may provide a viable source for expanding development. This thesis has two primary objectives: to better understand those factors driving population growth among micropolitan areas and to explore micropolitan areas in the state of Iowa as compared to micropolitan areas in other parts of the country. The analyses show a relationship between four of the five growth factors (agglomeration, recreation, immigration, education and diversification) and effective growth rate, the difference between micropolitan population growth and statewide population growth. As the number of qualifying categories increase for a micropolitan area, effective growth rates also increase. Recreation-related factors had the strongest relationship to growth both in Iowa and nationwide. Agglomeration factors performed better in Iowa than nationally, but education factors performed worse. Many Iowa micropolitan areas can capitalize on existing resources in an effort to stimulate population growth.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Haddad, Monica, Coates, Paul, Swenson, Dave
School: Iowa State University
Department: Community and Regional Planning
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: MAI 46/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Public administration, Demographics, Urban planning, Area planning & development
Publication Number: 1446131
ISBN: 978-0-549-15449-5
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