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Population and Urbanization Analysis

You work for the urban city planning department for UrCity. UrCity has been experiencing phenomenal growth; population has expanded from 50,000 to 1 million people over the past 10 years. UrCity has offered homebuilders incentives to build communities on the outlying edges of the city center, producing multiple suburbs to reach a population of 2 million over the next 10 years. The goal of the city is to add 25,000 new homes per year to accommodate the projected growth in population. The problem is there are neither mass transit systems nor sufficient roadways to transport people to and from the suburbs into the city. The urban planning department has been asked to review the situation. You have been asked to analyze the situation and present your findings.

Describe your population and the trend of migration.
- Analyze the factors that influence the distribution of your population.
- Identify the needs of this urban society.
- Provide your thoughts on plans that could slow the sprawl and correct the problems with commuting.

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One of the major factors that will influence the distribution of the population in the city, is the variation in the crime rates in different areas of the city, due to the fact that most individuals will attempt to live in areas that have as little time as possible, which will tend to increase the population of low crime areas in relation to higher crime areas. This population distribution will also be highly affected by the job opportunities that are offered in different areas of the city, due to the fact that individuals would try to build as close as possible to those areas that offer the most employment opportunities. The areas that offer the greatest employment opportunities will continue to receive a greater influx of the growing population than other areas. In addition, educational factors will also influence the distribution of the population of the individuals in this city and within its suburbs, due to the fact that those individuals with bachelor degrees and higher with tend to work white-collar jobs, that will usually be located ...