Atlas of Urban Expansion

Springfield, MA
United States
Region: Land-Rich Developed Countries
2014 Population
530,272
2014 Urban Extent
67,653
hectares
2014 Density
8
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Springfield, MA in 2014 was 530,272, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.9% since 2000. The population of Springfield, MA in 2000 was 470,384, increasing at an average annual rate of 4.9% since 1991, when its population was 303,222.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Springfield, MA in 2014 was 67,653 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.9% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 52,062 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 11.8% since 2000, when its urban extent was 18,008 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Springfield, MA in 2014 was 14 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1.4% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 18 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -7% since 1991 when the built-up area density was 33.02 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Springfield, MA in 2014 was 8 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 9 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -6.9% since 1991 when the urban extent density was 17 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 9,846 hectares of built-up area was added to the Springfield, MA urban extent between 2000 and 2014. Of that added built-up area, 44% was Infill, 13% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 43% was Inclusion. A total of 17,606 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1991 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 22% was Infill, 44% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 35% was Inclusion.

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Roads

Average road width in the Springfield, MA 1990-2014 expansion area was 4.97 meters, compared to 10.07 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Springfield, MA occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 25%, compared to 27% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Springfield, MA's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.36 km/km2, compared to 1.94 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Springfield, MA's 1990-2014 expansion area was 89%, compared to 92% in the pre-1990 area.

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Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Springfield, MA's 1990-2014 expansion area was 3.46 hectares, compared to 4.77 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

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