Where Americans Live

In "Where Americans Live:  A Geographic and Environmental Tally" Professor Alan Berger and colleagues argue that current land use in the U.S. is the result of households locating where they can secure the greatest personal benefit given their budget constraints.  This essay reviews the current geographic profile of the American metropolitan space and analyzes what we know about household location choices.  After examining what has been documented about the current land-use patterns in the U.S. and the determinants of household location choices, we briefly discuss what justifications, if any, there could be for adopting policies to affect those choices.