People say that suburban and exurban housing growth is offset by a move to the cities. Wendell Cox looks at empirical data to prove that this is not the case, and deduces that people still tend to move to suburbia when they relocate.
Major Uses of Land by Region, 2002
"Land-use patterns vary greatly by region, reflecting differences in soils, climate, topography, and patterns of population settlement. For example, cropland accounts for 12 percent of the total land in the Northeast and 58 percent in the Corn Belt (table 4; see fig. 3 for a map of the Farm Production Regions used in this report; see Appendix for detailed descriptions of terms in bold).7 In similar fashion, there is variation among States within a region (fig. 4). Almost two-thirds of North Dakota is cropland, compared with 43 percent in South Dakota."
"There are some clear regional patterns in land use. Cropland is roughly concentrated in the central regions of the contiguous United States, with the Northern Plains and Corn Belt having the majority of their land in cropland, and the Southern Plains, Lake States, and Delta States also having cropland shares above the national average. Limited precipitation in semiarid areas means that a large proportion of the land in the West is most suitable for grazing. The Mountain region and Southern Plains have the majority of their land in grassland pasture and range. The Northern Plains and Pacific regions also have relatively high shares of grazing acreage, with more than one-third and one-quarter of their land area, respectively, allocated to grassland and pasture and range. Forest-use land is most prevalent in the Eastern regions such as the Northeast, Appalachian, Southeast, and Delta States, which have a majority of their land in forest uses. In addition, forest-use land constitutes a relatively high share of land in the Lake States and Pacific regions where the topography and precipitation patterns are also conducive to growing trees. The Northeast and Southeast have the highest shares of urban land, while the Lake States, Corn Belt, Appalachian, and Pacific regions also have urban shares above the Nation's average."
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