Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title Colorado Migration and "The Mobility Transition," 1955-1995.
Author(s) Dodge, Richard N.
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Doctoral
Degree Name Ph.D.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1999 June
Digital Origin reformatted digital
Rights Statement All Rights Reserved
Reason for Restrictions No restrictions
Type of Restriction No restrictions
Keyword(s) Geography
Genre Dissertations, Academic
Abstract The spatial components of Colorado migration and population growth are examined for the 1955-1995 period using data from the Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Census, and other sources. An analysis is made of relationships between population growth, natural increase, and migration, factors associated with interstate migration to Colorado, internal and external flows within metropolitan hierarchies, and economic and amenity variables. Statistical methods and spatial analysis by mapping are employed. Results are evaluated for conformance with migration theories including Ravenstein's laws, the gravity model, and especially Zelinsky's "mobility transition hypothesis. The relationship between migration flows and patterns of urban growth is·discussed. Variations in net migration are found to be more important than variations in natural·increase in explaining variations in population growth. Sources of migrants to Colorado have shifted from the Midwest to the West and South. The gravity model factors, population and distance, are effective in explaining the volume of inmigration. There is a weak relationship between unemployment rates and net migration. Colorado's metropolitan areas and mountain resort towns serve as the main ports of entry for migrants from other states. Metropolitan size is unimportant in accounting for mig+atioq rate~ except within certain urban hie+archies. There is a slight downward movement within metropolitan hierarchies for external migrants, and a slight upward movement within Colorado. The Boyer and Savageau quality of life index is ineffective as a predictor of net migration direction. The recreational nature of counties and private/public land mix are seen as somewhat important for migrant destinations, but less so for internal migrants. Distance to specific portions of Colorado is the most important factor for migrants from different U.S. Census regions with some noted exceptions. Net flows of internal migrants are primarily directed toward suburban counties and some counties which are contiguous with metropolitan areas. Highest internal migration rates are intrametropolitan followed by intra-nonmetropolitan. The Zelinsky model still has utility, but should be viewed in the light of urban deconcentration.
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