Urban rural, rural king jaspers,rurban king locations,city urban source The Journal of Rural Economics title Land is king, but the supply of urban land is also shrinking article Urban areas in the United States and Canada are becoming increasingly sparse, but some cities are becoming less and others are growing more quickly, according to a new study.
The urban land area (UMA) in the U.S. is shrinking by nearly 20 percent over the past three decades.
It’s more than 10 times the size of rural areas in most states.
“Urban areas are shrinking faster than rural areas,” said Daniel J. Shackelford, the lead author of the study, published in the journal Urban Land Use and Urban Change.
That could be due to changing housing policies, increasing urbanization, or increased urban migration, he said.
Shapkelfords research team compared the UMA of a dozen U.K. cities in the 1990s with their current land areas, comparing them with those in the mid-20th century.
They found that urban areas are growing in urban areas, and rural areas are decreasing in rural areas.
That’s partly because the urban area has more people, the researchers found.
The study also found that land use trends have been accelerating in urban centers, and that urban growth has been faster than the rural one.
The findings also showed that urban residents are not as willing to buy farmland, and some may be selling it to people farther away, Shackelfords research shows.
Shacoft, the co-author, said it’s unclear how long the U-shaped pattern will hold.
“We don’t know what will happen in the future, but I think it’s a good sign that there’s been an increase in the number of urban areas,” he said in an interview.
“The urban UMA is not going to change.
We may be looking at an urban U-shape that continues.”
Shacofft said he would like to see more research on how urban land uses change.
“I think that there is a lot of interest in the question of how changes in land use affect land use patterns,” he added.