Residential Acre. Residential acreage excludes commercial, industrial, greenspace and agricultural land. If total acreage were used instead, a few dense residential units atop a sea of shopping and offices could appear to be low density sprawl. Compact development saves land for preservation as creeks, wildlife corridors and parks.
|The following are typical densities of|
Households per Residential Acre
||Lowest density of single-family dwellings in sprawl.|
||Typical of single-family dwellings in sprawl.|
||Row houses with occasional single-family dwellings and apartment houses. Examples: lower density areas of larger cities, and older suburbs.|
||Mostly 3-5 story apartment houses with occasional mid- to high-rises and single-family dwellings. Examples: northeast San Francisco (Russian, Nob and Telegraph Hills, North Beach), River North in Chicago, Beacon Hill in Boston, along Connecticut Ave. in DC, and compact neighborhoods throughout the country.|
||Mostly mid- to high-rises. Examples: the Upper East and West Sides in Manhattan, and smaller neighborhoods in Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere.|
This calculator has been developed for densities ranging from sprawl, 3 hh/res ac, to 500.
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