||The rural area lost to development between 1982 and 1997 is about equal to the entire land mass of Maine and New Hampshire combined. The rate of rural land lost to development in the 1990s was about 2.2 million acres per year. If this rate continues to the year 2050 ? when today?s toddlers are middle-aged ? the United States will have lost an additional 110 million acres of rural countryside. That?s about equal to the combined areas of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia.
||sprawl population growth consumption
||If the same rate of cropland loss were to continue that occurred from 1992-97, then the United States would lose approximately 110 million acres (about 30%) of its remaining 375 million acres of cropland. Cropland per capita, that is, the acreage of land to grow grains and other crops for each U.S. resident, would decline by two-thirds, from 1.4 acres in 1997 to 0.46 acre in 2100.
||sprawl population growth consumption agriculture food Census
||In Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN, population growth is responsible for 51.3% of sprawl, while growth in per capita land use is responsible for 48.7%.
||Of the 100 largest cities in the US, those whose sprawl was entirely due to population growth and not due to increases in per capita land use were the following: Corpus Christi, TX; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Ft. Lauderdale-
Hollywood-Pompano, FL; Fresno, CA; Honolulu, HI; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami-Hialeah, FL; Oxnard-Ventura, CA; Riverside-San Bernardino, CA; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL.