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Developed Land, by State, 1997

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This pie map shows developed land broken down into its three subcategories: large urban and built-up areas, small built-up areas, and rural transportation land for each state and the nation. The national totals are 70,371,100 acres of large urban and built-up areas (72%), 6,174,200 acres of small built-up areas(6%), and 21,706,400 acres of rural transportation land (22%) for a total of 98,251,700 acres of developed land. Pies are proportional to the amount of developed land in the state.

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Data are not collected on Federal land. The national pie is not proportional to the state pies.


Source: National Resources Inventory, 1997
Distributor: USDA-NRCS-RIAD
NRI sample data are generally reliable at the 95% confidence interval for state and certain broad substate area analyses. Generally, analyses that aggregate data points by smaller geographic areas and/or more specific criteria result in fewer data points for each aggregation and therefore less reliable estimates. NRI maps reflect national patterns rather than site- specific information.


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Developed land:
A combination of land cover/use categories, Urban and built-up areas, and Rural Transportation Land.

Large urban and built-up areas:
A land cover/use category composed of developed tracts at least 10 acres in size, meeting the definition of "Urban and Built-up Areas" (see definition). [NRI-97]

Rural transportation land:
A Land Cover/Use category which consists of all highways, roads, railroads and associated rights- of-way outside urban and built-up areas; including private roads to farmsteads or ranch headquarters, logging roads, and other private roads, except field lanes. [NRI-97]

Small built-up areas:
A land cover/use category consisting of developed land units of 0.25 to 10 acres, meeting the definition of "Urban and Built-up Areas" (see definition). [NRI-97]

Urban and built-up areas:
A Land Cover/Use category consisting of residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional land; construction sites; public administrative sites; railroad yards; cemeteries; airports; golf courses; sanitary landfills; sewage treatment plants; water control structures and spillways; other land used for such purposes; small parks (less than 10 acres) within urban and built-up areas; and highways, railroads, and other transportation facilities if they are surrounded by urban areas. Also included are tracts of less than 10 acres that do not meet the above definition but are completely surrounded by Urban and Built-up land. Two size categories are recognized in the NRI: (i) areas 0.25 to 10 acres, and (ii) areas greater than 10 acres. [NRI-97]

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