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Urban Forest Data

Urban Forest Data for Virginia

Map of Virginia 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 (3.7 MB Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet * ) | Metadata
  3. GIS shapefiles (including the state of Virginia) | Metadata


Urban1 Forest Data for Virginia

Select a data element below to see a graphical comparison to other states in the South Atlantic Region

Urban Population 5,169,955
Percent Urban Population Change from 1990 20.4%
Percent of Total State Population 73.0%
Percent Urban Land of State Land Area 6.0%
Percent Urban Land Change from 1990 19.9%
Urban Population Density 834.1
Percent Urban Population Density Change from 1990 0.4%
Percent Urban Tree Canopy Cover of Urban Land 28.9%
Tree Canopy Cover Per Capita (square meters/person) 345.9
Urban Carbon Storage (metric tons) 16,300,000
Urban Carbon Storage Value ($) $371,600,000
Urban Carbon Sequestration of Urban Trees(metric tons/year) 537,000
Urban Carbon Sequestration of Urban Trees ($/year) $12,244,000
Total Air Pollution Removal from Urban Trees (CO, NO2, SO2, PM10 in metric tons/year) 14,050
Total Air Pollution Removal Value from Urban Trees ($/year) $116,800,000

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