"Much as Justice Potter Stewart said of pornography, most people would be hard pressed to define urban sprawl, but they know it when they see it," starts a report from Smart Growth America.
Nevertheless, the organization set out to rank 83 U.S. metropolitan areas -- representing about half of the country's population -- based on residential density, mixed or single use, active town centers and street network accessibility.
The losers: (i.e. greatest sprawl)
(worst)1. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA
2. Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, NC MSA
3. Raleigh-Durham, NC MSA
4. Atlanta, GA MSA
5. Greenville-Spartanburg, SC MSA
6. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL MSA
7. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk-Danbury, CT NECMA
8. Knoxville, TN MSA
9. Oxnard-Ventura, CA PMSA
10. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA
New York City had the least sprawl, followed by Jersey City, Providence, San Francisco, Honolulu round, Omaha, Boston, Portland (OR), Miami and New Orleans.