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Which megaregion ‘Owns’ South Dakota?

According to a new paper, published in PLOS ONE, Garrett Dash Nelson, a historical geographer from Dartmouth, and Alasdair Rae, an urban analyst from the University of Sheffield, Sioux Falls is effectively part of the greater Omaha metro or megaregion as they call it. I would have said that especially the eastern part of the state was way more oriented to Minneapolis/St. Paul. I would also say the Rapid City is not in limbo and is tied to Denver.

The emergence in the United States of large-scale “megaregions” centered on major metropolitan areas is a phenomenon often taken for granted in both scholarly studies and popular accounts of contemporary economic geography. This paper uses a data set of more than 4,000,000 commuter flows as the basis for an empirical approach to the identification of such megaregions. We compare a method which uses a visual heuristic for understanding areal aggregation to a method which uses a computational partitioning algorithm, and we reflect upon the strengths and limitations of both. We discuss how choices about input parameters and scale of analysis can lead to different results, and stress the importance of comparing computational results with “common sense” interpretations of geographic coherence. The results provide a new perspective on the functional economic geography of the United States from a megaregion perspective, and shed light on the old geographic problem of the division of space into areal units.

American regions, based on commutes. NELSON ET AL (2016)

American regions, based on commutes. NELSON ET AL (2016)

What do you think? In the game of cultural, economic, and social influence which Megaregion owns The Sioux Empire?

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