Vanishing Open Spaces

How much natural habitat and farmland did your state and city  destroy in the last decade to accommodate expanding populations and individual appetites for developed land?


  • For a short overview that will summarize the findings and recommendations from the entire 160-page report, please read the 8-page Executive Summary in the PDF document linked above. It is full of links to help you dig in deeper on each topic.
  • You can quickly access data tables that will help you find sprawl, consumption and population data for the states and for the Census Bureau's 497 Urbanized Areas. When you open the pdf document, look to the left at the Bookmarks, or at the links for "Key Data Tables" at the top of the Table of Contents in the document.
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