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RMRS-GTR-111WWW: United States state-level population estimates: Colonization to 1999
Coulson, David P.; Joyce, Linda. 2003. United States state-level population estimates: Colonization to 1999. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-111WWW. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 55 p.
The U.S. landscape has undergone substantial changes since Europeans first arrived. Many land use changes are attributable to human activity. Historical data concerning these changes are frequently limited and often difficult to develop. Modeling historical land use changes may be neccessary. We develop annual population series from first European settlement to 1999 for all 50 states and Washington D.C. for use in modeling land use trends. Extensive research went into developing the historical data. Linear interpolation was used to complete the series after critically evaluating the appropriateness of linear interpolation versus exponential interpolation.
Keywords: landscape, land use changes, human activity, modeling land use trends, linear interpolation
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Population Data Sets
ASCII download available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr111/us_population_est.txt (120 K)
Excel download available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr111/us_population_est.xls (170 K)
United States state-level population estimates: Colonization to
Electronic Publish Date: August 5, 2003
Last Update: August 18, 2008
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