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Urban Forest Data

Urban Forest Data for Massachusetts

Map of Massachusetts showing the outline of the state and urban areasThis page contains links to reports, metadata and results from state urban and community forest assessments as part of the national RPA assessment (Resource Planning Act). These pages summarize cover and population information for urban and community areas within each state. Results are reported at the county, county subdivision and place level based on National Land Cover Data (NLCD) and US Census Bureau data. Data tables are provided in Excel format. GIS data files are also included with the state data.

Available Data

  1. State Summary Report
  2. State-Level Data (1.7 MB Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet * ) | Metadata
  3. GIS shapefiles (including the state of Massachusetts) | Metadata

Urban1 Forest Data for Massachusetts

Select a data element below to see a graphical comparison to other states in the New England Region

Urban Population 5,801,367
Percent Urban Population Change from 1990 14.4%
Percent of Total State Population 91.4%
Percent Urban Land of State Land Area 35.6%
Percent Urban Land Change from 1990 15.6%
Urban Population Density 802.4
Percent Urban Population Density Change from 1990 -1.0%
Percent Urban Tree Canopy Cover of Urban Land 43.5%
Tree Canopy Cover Per Capita (square meters/person) 542.8
Urban Carbon Storage (metric tons) 28,700,000
Urban Carbon Storage Value ($) $654,400,000
Urban Carbon Sequestration of Urban Trees(metric tons/year) 945,000
Urban Carbon Sequestration of Urban Trees ($/year) $21,546,000
Total Air Pollution Removal from Urban Trees (CO, NO2, SO2, PM10 in metric tons/year) 24,350
Total Air Pollution Removal Value from Urban Trees ($/year) $206,500,000

1Urban land is based on population density and was delimited using the United States Census definitions of urbanized areas and urban clusters.

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Last Modified: 12/08/2008