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How America uses its land

Last summer Bloomberg ran a visual essay on how America uses its land. In case some of you missed it, I thought I would share it here today.

They started by breaking the country down into 6 main land uses. Each square represents about 250,000 acres.

What likely won’t surprise any of you is that urban areas punch well above their weight:

Even though urban areas make up just 3.6 percent of the total size of the 48 contiguous states, four in five Americans live, work and play there. With so much of the U.S. population in urban areas, it’s little surprise that these areas contribute an outsize amount to the economy. The 10 most productive metropolitan areas alone contributed to about 40 percent of U.S. GDP in 2016.

Here’s a further breakdown of the map:

There is a lot that is interesting here. Note that golf courses made the cut.

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