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Housing density is a good indicator of urbanization and landscape-scale land use intensification. Historically, the growth in housing density has outstripped population growth, especially in rural areas, due to decreasing family size, the construction of second homes, and other factors.
The housing density model produced by the Spatial Analysis for Conservation and Sustainability (SILVIS) research group calculates decadal change in housing density based on the U.S. Decennial Census, beginning in 1940. Based on historical rates of change in housing density and population projections, it then predicts patterns of future housing density change. These housing density estimates are correlated with measures of landscape fragmentation, connectivity, invasive species establishment, declining bird species richness, and other ecological patterns. Housing density was estimated within partial census block groups, which vary in area but average 2.45 square kilometers.
Learn more and access this data:
- University of Wisconsin-Madison SILVIS Lab, United States Housing Density Maps | http://silvis.forest.wisc.edu/maps/housing