Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Sprawl

Extent of Regional Development (1930-2010)

Chart showing the relationship between the extent of regional devlopment and the increase of the population of the region.

The Philadelphia metropolitan region has developed unevenly, and land consumption has outpaced population growth. (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission)

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

This chart illustrates the relationship between the extent of regional development and the increase of the population. Although the pace of population increase has slowed considerably, the pace of development has not slowed in response.

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