US Density blobs
November 10, 2013
Standard US anti-cycling claim: “We’re too spread out, not like those dense European countries.”
Here’s the copy-and-paste from Calca:
density(area, population) = population/area http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_metropolitan_area NYCMetro_area = 13,318 NYCMetro_population = 23,508,600 density(NYCMetro_area, NYCMetro_population) => 1,765.175 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands Netherlands_area = 16,039 Netherlands_population = 16,819,595 density(Netherlands_area, Netherlands_population) => 1,048.6686 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts Massachusetts_area = 10,555 Massachusetts_population = 6,646,144 density(Massachusetts_area, Massachusetts_population) => 629.6678 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark Denmark_area = 16,562.1 Denmark_population = 5,602,536 density(Denmark_area, Denmark_population) => 338.2745
And if you notice, there’s a whole lot of Western Massachusetts that’s relatively empty (and also relatively hilly), but that works against the “we’re spread out” claim; if the west is sparse, then the east must be even denser.
And no, we do not have a uniform transit policy across the nation — how many subways are there in Montana or Alaska? We do what’s locally appropriate.