Atlas of Urban Expansion

Raleigh
United States
Region: Land-Rich Developed Countries
2013 Population
1,188,416
2013 Urban Extent
158,928
hectares
2013 Density
7
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Raleigh in 2013 was 1,188,416, increasing at an average annual rate of 4.2% since 2000. The population of Raleigh in 2000 was 702,158, increasing at an average annual rate of 9.8% since 1990, when its population was 262,552.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Raleigh in 2013 was 158,928 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 5.1% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 83,845 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 11.5% since 2000, when its urban extent was 26,155 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Raleigh in 2013 was 15 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 17 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -2.2% since 1990 when the built-up area density was 21.62 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Raleigh in 2013 was 7 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.9% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 8 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1.8% since 1990 when the urban extent density was 10 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 37,586 hectares of built-up area was added to the Raleigh urban extent between 2000 and 2013. Of that added built-up area, 21% was Infill, 48% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 31% was Inclusion. A total of 28,539 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1990 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 15% was Infill, 26% was Extension, 3% was Leapfrog, and 57% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Raleigh 1990-2014 expansion area was 4.87 meters, compared to 7.63 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Raleigh occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 12%, compared to 18% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Raleigh's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.19 km/km2, compared to 1.81 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Raleigh's 1990-2014 expansion area was 85%, compared to 97% in the pre-1990 area.

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Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Raleigh's 1990-2014 expansion area was 3.36 hectares, compared to 10.97 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2013