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Statistics about Land

Have you ever wondered how much land is for sale in the United States, or who owns most of the land? Have you ever thought about just how big the United States really is? Have you ever considered just how many different kinds of land are available in the U.S.? We have some answers for you. According to World Atlas:

  • The United States consists of 3,537,436 total square miles.


  • Waterfront property accounts for 181,274 of those miles.
  • There are 12,383 miles of U.S. coastline.
  • The Atlantic coastline accounts for 2,069 miles
  • The Pacific coastline (including Hawaii) is a whopping 7,623 miles!
  • Gulf of Mexico coastline accounts for 1,631 miles
  • The Alaska coastline takes up 1,060 miles.
  • Horizontal width: 2,680 miles.
  • Vertical distance: 1,582 miles.
  • The United States government owns 650 million acres of land—nearly 30% of all U.S. territory! This land is used for military purposes, military bases, nature parks, Indian reservations, or leased for commercial exploitation.
  • The top five states with the most land owned by the government are Nevada (84.5%), Alaska (69.1%), Utah (57.4%), Oregon (53.1%), and Idaho (50.2%).
  • The five states where the government owns the least amount of land are Connecticut (.4%), Rhode Island (.4%), Iowa (.8%), New York (.8%), and Maine (1.1%).
  • Sixty percent of the land in the United States is privately owned.
  • Ted Turner is the largest private landowner in the United States. He owns approximately two million acres, which he uses for personal and ranch land. He has been using much of his ranch land in an effort to re-establish the nation’s bison population to its original numbers.
  • State and local governments own 10% of the land in the U.S.
  • The middle point of the 48 continental states is two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas.
  • Mt. McKinley in Alaska is the highest point in the United States, at 20,320 ft.
  • Death Valley in California is the lowest point in the United States.
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