Cities & Urbanization

This is a selective guide to library and other resources on the topic of cities and urbanization

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Reference Works

The City: A Dictionary of Quotable Thoughts on Cities and Urban Life. 1984.

Contains quotations on the city and urban life throughout history. Consult the subject and cities indexes. Mugar HT111 C576 1984.

Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago.


Encyclopedia of the City. 2005.

Contains more than 500 alphabetically-arranged entries on key topics and concepts in urban studies, as well as important theoreticians, practitioners, groups, and organizations associated with the city. Mugar Ref. X HT108.5 E63 2005.

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. 2 vols. 2010.

From “Acropolis” to “Cyburbia, the 600+ entries span history and the globe, covering such disciplines as urban culture, urban planning, urban theory, and urban transportation, as well as cities, people, and places . Mugar Ref. X HT108.5 E634 2010.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 26 vols. 2001.

Includes lengthy essays on cities, housing, and urban studies. Mugar Ref. X H41 I58 2001.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. 2nd ed. 9 vols. 2008.

Consult this for background information on cities; sociology, urban; suburban sprawl; urban studies; urbanity, and urbanization. Mugar Ref. X H40 A2 I5 2008.

Urban Sprawl: A Comprehensive Reference Guide. 2006.

Contains essays examining urban sprawl and its impacts. Appendix materials include a glossary; annotated lists of databases, web sites, and organizations, and the text of the Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Communities. There is an extensive bibliography. Mugar HT384 U5 U75 2006.

Urban Sprawl: A Reference Handbook. 2000.

Contains an introductory essay on urban sprawl in the U.S.; a chronology highlighting urban development patterns and land use policy initiatives of the past century; biographical sketches; important documents, charts, and quotations; addresses of advocacy groups and government agencies; bibliographies of print and non-print resources; and a glossary. Mugar HT384 U5 W55 2000.

World Encyclopedia of Cities: North America. 2 vols. 1994.

Contains articles 8-15 pages in length describing 136 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Arranged alphabetically, entries include demographic, economic, geographical and historical data and statistics. Mugar HT108.5 K87 1994.


Healthy Cities: An Annotated Bibliography. 2001.

Annotated bibliography of literature on preventive approaches that can make cities healthier and more sustainable. Covers architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, and related topics. Arranged alphabetically by author, with keyword and author indexes. Mugar Z7164 U7 K44 2001. Storage: Use Request Form.

Periodical Literature on United States Cities: A Bibliography and Subject Guide. 1983.

Lists citations to 4919 periodical articles on 170 U.S. cities with populations above 100,000. Articles are arranged by city. Consult the subject index. Mugar Z5942 S464 1983.Storage: Use Request Form.

Urban America: A Historical Bibliography. 1982.

Contains 4068 abstracts of articles from America: History and Life. Mugar HT123 U725 1982.

Urban America Examined: A Bibliography. 1985.

Contains 2080 citations to articles on urban studies written between 1973 and 1983. Consult the topical index. Mugar Z7164 U7 C375 1985 Storage: Use Request Form.

Urban Planning, 1794-1918: An International Anthology of Articles, Conference Papers, and Reports.


The Urban South: A Bibliography. 1989.

Includes citations to books, journals, dissertations and theses on the urban South. Contains subject and geographical indexes. Mugar Z7164 U7 B69 1989. Storage: Use Request Form.

Data, Ranking and Statistical Sources

The American Tally: Statistics & Comparative Rankings for US Cities with Populations over 10,000 . 2003.

Covering all cities and towns with a population (2000) of 10,000+, this work shows how each city compares nationally. Includes population characteristics, education, language and immigration, income and employment, and housing. Mugar Ref. X HA201 2000p.

America’s Top-Rated Cities: A Statistical Handbook. 4 vols. 2008.

Provides social, economic, demographic, and environmental profiles of the business, environment, and living environment of the top 100 U.S. cities with populations over 100,000, by region. Mugar Ref. X HT123 A669.

America’s Top-Rated Small Towns & Cities: A Statistical Handbook. 2 vols. 2010.

Provides statistical profiles of 8,908 places in the United States with populations between 3,000 and 25,000. Mugar Ref. X HT123 A6692 2010.

Ancestry in America: A Comparative City-by-City Guide to Over 200 Ethnic Backgrounds — With Rankings. 2003.

Race, Hispanic origin, and ancestry data for 4,206 communities with a population of 10,000+ and comparative ancestry rankings for the top 150 places. A companion CD-ROM (Mugar Reserve Room HB3505 .A53 2003 CD-ROM) has data for all 33,150 populated places in the US, and comparative rankings for the top 600 communities for each ancestry. There are 217 separate ethnicities listed. Data are derived from the SF1 and SF3 files of the 2000 Census. Mugar HB3505 A53 2003.

Cities Ranked & Rated: More then 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada. 2004.

Contains facts on 400+ U.S. and 30 Canadian cities. Mugar Ref. X HN60 C58.


The Comparative Guide to American Suburbs. 3rd ed. 2005.

Arranged alphabetically by metropolitan statistical area, this work compares 2400 suburban communities in 36 states (plus the District of Columbia). Mugar Ref. X HA214 C66 2005.


County and City Data Books.

The University of Virginia Geospatial and Statistical (Geostat) Data Centerprovides access to the 1988, 1994, and 2000 electronic editions of the U.S. Census Bureau publication, County and City Data Book. The Census Bureau provides access to the 2007 edition.

County and City Extra. 2004.

Statistical information for U.S. states, counties, metropolitan areas, congressional districts, and cities with populations of 25,000 or more. Mugar HA203 C68.

Massachusetts Municipal Profiles. Annual.

One-page profiles of Massachusetts cities and towns with a population of 100+. Includes demographic and socio-economic characteristics, municipal finances, taxation, schools, and government offices. Mugar Ref. X HA431 M37.

MetroBoston DataCommon.


New England at a Glance: Profiles from the 1990 Census. 1993.

Covers every city and town in New England with a population of 100+. Presents more than forty key indicators from the 1990 census, including income, education, housing, ethnicity, race and occupation. Mugar HA218 K3.

ProQuest Statistical Insight.