Demographia have an interesting website.
- which is an annual world-wide listing of urban areas by Largest Urban Areas in the World,
- Urban Areas by Geography (Including Selected under 500,000 Population),
- Urban Areas by Land Area (Urban Footprint) 84
- Urban Areas by Urban Population Density
published by the US planner, Wendell Cox, based in St Louis. Cox to quote his profile on his website is ‘Demographia is “pro-choice” with respect to urban development. People should have the freedom to live and work where and how they like’. So this can be taken as arguing counter to planning controls and public mass transport and in favour of cheap land, no state control of development and private car use, typifying “The American Dream”. The Demographia website is http://www.demographia.com/
map source: http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Maps/CityGrowth/2014_2030GrowthRate.pdf