Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2007

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration/Master of Community and Regional Planning

Department

Community and Regional Planning

First Advisor

Monica Haddad

Second Advisor

Paul Coates

Third Advisor

Dave Swenson

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16228

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

David G. Inbody

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1446131

OCLC Number

181587538

ISBN

9780549154495

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

97 pages

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