Atlas of Urban Expansion

Modesto
United States
Region: Land-Rich Developed Countries
2014 Population
458,146
2014 Urban Extent
32,976
hectares
2014 Density
14
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Modesto in 2014 was 458,146, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.2% since 2000. The population of Modesto in 2000 was 334,840, increasing at an average annual rate of 4.5% since 1992, when its population was 232,879.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Modesto in 2014 was 32,976 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.9% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 21,850 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 5.6% since 2000, when its urban extent was 13,937 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Modesto in 2014 was 20 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.8% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 23 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -2% since 1992 when the built-up area density was 26.55 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Modesto in 2014 was 14 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.7% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 15 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1.1% since 1992 when the urban extent density was 17 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 7,881 hectares of built-up area was added to the Modesto urban extent between 2000 and 2014. Of that added built-up area, 31% was Infill, 27% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 41% was Inclusion. A total of 6,083 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1992 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 35% was Infill, 19% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 46% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Modesto 1990-2014 expansion area was 8.76 meters, compared to 30.18 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Modesto occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 21%, compared to 21% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Modesto's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.54 km/km2, compared to 1.91 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Modesto's 1990-2014 expansion area was 92%, compared to 96% in the pre-1990 area.

1992-2000  2000-2014
1992-2000  2000-2014
1992-2000  2000-2014

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Modesto's 1990-2014 expansion area was 4.08 hectares, compared to 10.5 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1992-2000  2000-2014