Residential Land Data

Data and replication files for 'Decomposing the growth in residential land in the United States'

by Henry G. Overman, Diego Puga, and Matthew A. Turner

This site distributes and documents the dataset of residential land, population and households for individual US states and large metropolitan areas in 1976 and 1992 created by by Henry G. Overman, Diego Puga, and Matthew A. Turner and used in their article 'Decomposing the growth in residential land in the United States', published in Regional Science and Urban Economics 38(5), September 2008: 487-497, as well as the computer code required to replicate their results. Users of this dataset are asked to cite the Regional Science and Urban Economics article as the source. We would also appreciate it if you let us know the details of any paper in which you use the data by sending an email to Diego Puga (diego.puga@cemfi.es).

These data and replication files, documented below, are freely available for download from this site as a zip file: landpop_data.zip (11 Kb.) . This contains:

The state-level data includes the following variables:

The metropolitan-level data includes the following variables (calculated as for the state-level data unless otherwise indicated):

References

Burchfield, Marcy, Henry G. Overman, Diego Puga, and Matthew A. Turner. 2006. Causes of sprawl: A portrait from space. Quarterly Journal of Economics 121(2): 587-633.

Overman, Henry G., Diego Puga, and Matthew A. Turner. 2008. Decomposing the growth in residential land in the United States. Regional Science and Urban Economics 38(5): 487-497.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1994. 1:250,000-scale Quadrangles of Landuse/Landcover GIRAS Spatial Data in the Conterminous United States. Washington, DC: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Information Resources Management.

U.S. Geological Survey. 1990. Land Use and Land Cover Digital Data from 1:250,000- and 1:100,000-scale Maps: Data User Guide 4. Reston VA: United States Geological Survey.

Vogelmann, James E., Stephen M. Howard, Limin Yang, Charles R. Larson, Bruce K. Wylie, and Nick Van Driel. 2001. Completion of the 1990s National Land Cover data set for the conterminous United States from Landsat Thematic Mapper data and ancillary data sources. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 67(6):650-684.