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jabailo



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Location: Kent (East Hill), WA

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:25 pm    Post subject: This Land Reply with quote

I've been thinking a lot about land lately. I guess I might be in a position at some point where I could buy a house. But I'm just not statisfied with the choices I see. To me, I want land around my house...not a lot of land, but some land. When I see densely packed suburban development, I think -- do we really have to do that? I wonder how much land there is?

The answer I found is that, excluding Alaska, there are 1.9 billion acres in the United States.

There are about 111 million households in the United states so:

1,900,000,000/111,000,000 = 1900/111 = 172.

Now, of course that includes mountains and unusable land.

But you ask, is all this other land being used for important stuff? I found this article:

The Truth About Land Use In The United States

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Developed Land- Despite all the hand wringing over sprawl and urbanization, only 66 million acres are considered developed lands. This amounts to 3 percent of the land area in the U.S., yet this small land base is home to 75 percent of the population. In general, urban lands are nearly useless for biodiversity preservation. Furthermore, urbanized lands, once converted, usually do not shift to another use.

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Developed and rural residential make up 139 million acres, or 6.1 percent of total land area in the U.S. This amount of land is not insignificant until you consider that we planted more than 80 million acres of feeder corn and another 75 million acres of soybeans (95 percent of which are consumed by livestock, not tofu eaters) last year alone. These two crops affect more of the land area of the U.S. than all the urbanization, rural residential, highways, railroads, commercial centers, malls, industrial parks and golf courses combined.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a saying that "time" is nature's way of making sure that
everything doesn't all happen at once.

If you could afford a house in Kent, then you could probably afford
your share of land (172 acres) somewhere that is much less popular.
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