Atlas of Urban Expansion

Los Angeles
United States
Region: Land-Rich Developed Countries
2014 Population
15,138,973
2014 Urban Extent
585,902
hectares
2014 Density
26
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Los Angeles in 2014 was 15,138,973, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.5% since 2000. The population of Los Angeles in 2000 was 14,091,412, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.3% since 1990, when its population was 12,355,295.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Los Angeles in 2014 was 585,902 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.4% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 551,702 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.2% since 2000, when its urban extent was 488,265 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Los Angeles in 2014 was 33 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.2% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 34 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.3% since 1990 when the built-up area density was 34.91 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Los Angeles in 2014 was 26 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.1% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 26 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.1% since 1990 when the urban extent density was 25 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 41,484 hectares of built-up area was added to the Los Angeles urban extent between 2000 and 2014. Of that added built-up area, 62% was Infill, 25% was Extension, 5% was Leapfrog, and 9% was Inclusion. A total of 63,789 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1990 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 55% was Infill, 25% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 20% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Los Angeles 1990-2014 expansion area was 7.54 meters, compared to 7.05 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Los Angeles occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 10%, compared to 20% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Los Angeles's 1990-2014 expansion was 0.28 km/km2, compared to 2.05 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Los Angeles's 1990-2014 expansion area was 21%, compared to 96% in the pre-1990 area.

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Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Los Angeles's 1990-2014 expansion area was 1.85 hectares, compared to 8.23 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2014