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Gillette Syndrome is a term used to describe the social disruption that can occur in a community due to rapid population growth. Such disruptions usually include increased crime, degraded mental health, weakened social and community bonds, abnormally high costs of living, and other social problems.
The term is usually applied to boomtowns that are growing rapidly due to nearby natural resource extraction, such as coal mining or natural gas drilling.
- Note 1: Kohrs, El Dean 1974 “Social Consequences of Boom Growth in Wyoming” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain American Association for the Advancement of Science in Laramie, Wyoming
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