MAJOR USES OF LAND IN THE UNITED STATES: SUMMARY FOR 1969

LESS THAN THREE PERCENT OF THE APPROXIMATELY 2,264 MILLION ACRE LAND AREA OF THE UNITED STATES IS DEVOTED TO URBAN AND TRANSPORTATION USES. THIS REPORT SUMMARIZES THE EXTENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF MAJOR LAND USES AND, BY COMPARISON WITH EARLIER LAND USE INVENTORIES, DOCUMENTS THE CHANGES AND TRENDS IN LAND UTILIZATION. ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF THE AREA IS USED AS CROP LAND, PASTURE, RANGE, AND FOREST LAND. ANOTHER FIVE PERCENT GOES TO THE RECREATIONAL, WILDLIFE, AND OTHER EXTENSIVE-TYPE SPECIAL USES; AND 13 PERCENT TO ESSENTIALLY UNUSED AREAS, INCLUDING SWAMPS, DESERT AND TUNDRA. THREE-FIFTHS OF THE LAND AREA OF THE UNITED STATES IS IN PRIVATE OWNERSHIP AND TWO-FIFTHS IS OWNED BY FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. EACH YEAR, ABOUT 1.2 MILLION ADDITIONAL ACRES OF ALL TYPES OF LAND ARE OCCUPIED BY URBAN AREAS, RURAL HIGHWAYS AND ROADS, AIRPORTS, AND RESERVOIRS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Rept No 247
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Agriculture

    Economic Research Service
    Washington, DC  United States  20250
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 42 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200898
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 19 1974 12:00AM