For decades suburban sprawl was as evident as the newest  subdivision on the outskirts of town.

But census data suggest that the growth is decreasing. Gas prices play a role, as does the housing downturn. And people are staying put in big cities, according to the report

According to the story: “The annual rate of growth in American cities and surrounding urban areas has now surpassed that of exurbs for the first time in at least 20 years, spanning the modern era of sprawling suburban development.” Associated Press via Jacksonville Courier.