Population Redistribution within Metropolitan Regions in the 1980s: Core, Satellite, and Exurban Growth

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This paper evaluates the hypothesis that the growth experiences of core parts of metropolitan areas tend to predict the growth of satellite, exurban, and even more distant non-metropolitan areas. Particular attention is paid to evidence of spillover of growth into adjacent smaller metropolises and smaller cities, and to the hypothesis that spillover is especially marked in areas of rapid growth, growth restrictions, and housing price inflation. The hypotheses are supported by 1980–1990 patterns of change, as is the continuing attractiveness of exurban and non-metropolitan environmental amenities.

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