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View Poll Results: The ten most sprawling U.S. cities
Atlanta 194 54.96%
Dallas 142 40.23%
Houston 178 50.42%
Oklahoma City 58 16.43%
Charlotte, NC 71 20.11%
Jacksonville, FL 75 21.25%
Tampa, FL 29 8.22%
Los Angeles 166 47.03%
San Diego 43 12.18%
San Jose, CA 47 13.31%
Sacramento, CA 32 9.07%
Indianapolis 35 9.92%
Columbus, OH 26 7.37%
Nashville, TN 35 9.92%
Memphis, TN 17 4.82%
Lexington, KY 8 2.27%
Phoenix 176 49.86%
Tucson 37 10.48%
Las Vegas 108 30.59%
other (please specify) 42 11.90%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 353. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-23-2008, 08:19 PM
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Originally Posted by southernnaturelover View Post
Atlanta and Houston for sure. Unfortunately Charlotte is quickly catching up.
Houston does however have a great amount of people in its inner loop.
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:45 PM
Location: louisville, ky
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i agree with oklahoma city. oklahoma city is definitely sprawling out. the I-35 strip from oklahoma city, through moore, and to norman, is filling in with shopping center after shopping center. even the suburb of norman is sprawling down to the south. i've seen countless cookie-cutter neighborhoods popping up SOUTH of norman. it's crazy. another reason that oklahoma city might have so little people per square mile is because the actual city limit of oklahoma city is pretty far out.

indianapolis is, in my opinion, fairly sprawled out. the northern suburbs are exploding and the southern axis is expanding quite quickly as well.

the mississippi suburbs of memphis are booming pretty badly.

my top pick would be dallas and phoenix. as someone mentioned before, dallas/ft. worth is not really locked by any geographic feature, so it sprawls out in all directions and just keeps going. there is mall after mall after mall and houses after houses. i've never seen anything like it. collin county alone has gained 200,000+ people in just 6 years!! it now has more people in this suburban county as the whole county of jefferson, KY (the city of louisville, where i live). it's crazy!

edit: i'm pretty surprised to see lexington, KY on the list. never really thought lexington was sprawled. they actually have very tight growth policies that are intact to preserve the horselands around the city. A little exerpt from wiki:

Smart growth

Main article: smart growth
The first urban growth boundary was in Fayette County, Kentucky in 1958.
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:52 PM
Location: moving again
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Originally Posted by Guerilla View Post
Where is Chicago?
Its on lake Michigan, located in the state of Illinois, in the northeast corner.
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:18 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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Anecdotally speaking, a drive down I-10 westward into Los Angeles certainly leaves you feeling like the L.A. metro area should be high on the list for "sprawl." It doesn't seem right that it can take you two and half hours in light traffic to get from the start of "suburbia" to downtown proper.
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:49 PM
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Chicago's urban area has the 3rd largest footprint in the world after Tokyo and New York City.

The city is very dense, and the suburbs counter that and are actually quite sprawled out in every single direction. From the far northwest suburbs around to east of Gary is something like 120 miles.

The city is slapped up against Lake Michigan, and it's density is almost like a pan full of water that's tipped to one corner. It's all sloshed up against the lake with a density of over 30,000 per square mile, then almost uniformally decreases as you go out 50 miles in each direction. The far west burbs look like anything you'd see in Dallas or Atlanta or Pheonix. Tens of thousands of tract housing swallowing up the farmland and a rapid pace each year. I drive back to Iowa 4 times a year, and each time I note how much further the burbs have spread out. Before too long we're going to eat Rockford, which is a metro of almost 500,000.

The 6 counties on the outside of the Chicago metro area had seen pretty steady growth in the past century, but since 1990 those mostly rural counties have seen an explosion of sprawl that finally hit their borders. In the past 16 years they've grown by over 900,000 people, almost all sprawl. I don't even bother with the burbs.....I'm perfectly fine in the city and not having to deal with the endlessness of the exurbs. That's not even counting the more dense core counties where around 6.5 million of the areas population reside.

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Old 10-30-2008, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by MattDen View Post
I would say St. Louis, Missouri is the most spread-out metro I have seen for a population of that size especially from east to west.

St. Louis Metro - Warrenton, MO (western edge) to Scott AFB (eastern edge) is 79 miles. That's a whopper!
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:21 PM
Location: Brooklyn
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I believe that the largest city in the United States, in terms of area, is Jacksonville, Florida, which annexed several counties not long ago.
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:39 PM
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Houston sprawls bad, but you guys also have to understand its lots of undeveloped land in Houston also with flood plains, oil fields and bayous. Houston is doing what any other city would've done if it could spread out so far. You guys like to throw in the whole 600 sqm thing, but with a population exceeding over 500,000 in a 100 sqm radius in its inner loop is very nice and pretty dense for a southern city.
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:55 PM
Location: classified
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I am suprised no one has mentioned Detroit yet. It is even worse than Houston or Atlanta.
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:56 PM
Location: IN
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I would say:
St. Louis
Kansas City
Washington DC
Oklahoma City
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