In preparation for the 2010 Census data release next month, I have recalculated urban sprawl values for every US metropolitan area using 2010 definitions of metropolitan areas. The 1970 – 2000 data is available here:
The data provided here have a high correlation with the Smart Growth America data. Basically, the value here represents the percent of a metropolitan area’s population living in low density (< 3,500 persons per square mile) census tracts. Rural areas of metro areas (population density < 200 persons per square mile) are excluded.
2010 values once the 2010 data become available.