Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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It is the intention of the writer to recognize and analyze urban sprawl as a continuing process of urbanization. The general purpose of the study is to better understand the patterns of growth of urban sprawl and its impact upon future expansion. It is also intended to examine problems and benefits that are products of urban sprawl. Sioux Falls, located in the southeastern portion of South Dakota, constitutes the study area. The study examines the growth of that city during a ten year period, beginning from 1966 through 1976, It is the purpose of the study to determine the causes and effects of urban sprawl as it relates to Sioux Falls and adjacent areas and to find possible solutions for guiding future expansion of urban areas. The following questions serve as the major foci of the study. 1. What are the assets and liabilities of urban sprawl? 2. What has been the extent of growth beyond the Sioux Falls Corporate limits between 1966 and 1976? 3. What has been the impact of urban sprawl upon Sioux Falls? 4. What can be done to plan for future development?

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Cities and towns -- South Dakota -- Growth

Sioux Falls (S.D) -- History



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South Dakota State University