Supply and Demand for Land


When you fly over the United States and look down, it may appear that the supply of land is without limits, but this is not true. The federal government in particular has been acquiring private land at an alarming rate since 2008 through acquisitions, condemnation proceedings, and outright seizures by the IRS.

Currently, the federal government owns the following percentages of land in the states where government ownership of land is highest:

Alaska 81.0%
Nevada 78.9%
Idaho 60.6%
Utah 60.0%
Oregon 52.3%
Wyoming 46.5%
California 44.5%
Arizona 42.0%
New Mexico 33.1%
Colorado 29.8%
Washington State 29.6%
Montana 29.4%

In addition to the federal government, the state governments, county governments, city governments, school districts, sanitation districts, improvement districts, and other agencies and subdivisions own vast amounts of developed and undeveloped land and are continuing to acquire more and more each year.

California alone has 58 county governments, 482 incorporated city governments, hundreds of school and college districts, and more than 500 other state agencies, departments, and commissions, all of which utilize office space, parking garages and streets. The state administers 278 parks, 280 miles of coastline, 625 miles of lake and river frontage, and over 3,000 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. In addition, the state owns thousands of miles of streets and highways.

While the various governments and their agencies continue to acquire private land, demand for land constantly increases as a result of population growth. In addition, instability in many parts of the world continue to drive the increasing investment in U.S. land by foreign nationals who seek the stability of the United States and its laws.

Following are statistics from the U.S. Census showing continuing population growth leading to growth in the demand for land:

1920     3,426,861 44.1%   1920   106,021,537 15.0%
1930     5,677,251 65.7%   1930   123,202,624 16.2%
1940     6,907,387 21.7%   1940   132,164,569    7.3%
1950   10,586,223 53.3%   1950   151,325,798 14.5%
1960   15,717,204 48.5%   1960   179,323,175 18.5%
1970   19,953,134 27.0%   1970   203,211,926 13.3%
1980   23,667,902 18.6% 1980   226,545,805 11.5%
1990   29,760,021 25.7%   1990   248,709,873    9.8%
2000   33,871,648 13.8%   2000   281,421,906 13.2%
2010   37,253,956 10.0%   2010   308,745,538    9.7%

Population growth means more housing, schools, streets, highways, hospitals, shopping centers, office buildings, food production, and government services, all of which consume land.

While not all land is guaranteed to increase in value, predevelopment land located in the path of growth is likely to increase in value over time. Please contact us if you would like to joint venture the acquisition of land with us or acquire it yourself for investment.