Bloomberg has created a series of maps illustrating how the 48 contiguous states in the United States make use of 1.9 billion acres of land. The maps visualize land use in color coded squares representing 250,000 acres each, colored based on whether the land is forest, cropland, pasture, urban, comprised of miscellaneous land uses, such as golf courses or cemeteries, or used for special purposes such as national parks or airports. Bloomberg notes that on a percentage basis, urban land use is growing faster than all other land use categories.
Visualizing Land Use in the United States
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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