The Grand Valley ranks number one in sprawl among small cities in the Rocky Mountain region according a new report card released by Colorado College, Colorado Springs based college. The “2005 State of the Rockies” report examines quality of life in the eight–state Rockies region.
For each metropolitan area researchers calculate an expansion estimate based on the average distance from areas of new housing to the urban center. They also compare that data to information collected over the last two decades.
Grand Junction topped the list of ten metro areas with a population of 50,000 or less. The Grand Valley is followed by Flagstaff, Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico in sprawl.
The "2005 State of the Rockies report can be purchased by calling Colorado College at 719-3896–391.
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