Using comprehensive infographics, Bloomberg breaks down the six major categories of land in the 48 contiguous United States and offers insights into how they are used.
- Bloomberg – Here’s How America Uses Its Land
Among the interesting facts in this article:
- The 1.9 billion acres that make up the contiguous United States can be groups into six major categories:
- Special Use (National Parks, Military Bases, Highways, Railroads, Wildlife Areas)
- Miscellaneous (Cemeteries, Golf Courses, Marshes, Deserts, and other areas with low economic value)
- Urban areas make up just 3.6% of the total contiguous U.S., but account for roughly 80% of the population.
- Pasture is the largest land category by far, making up over a third of U.S. land.
- Forests make up a fourth of land in the contiguous U.S.
- The 100 largest private landowners in the U.S. own 40 million acres, an area larger than the state of Florida.