Losing Ground Fifth Edition Statistics for the Town of Medfield

Land Use

These statistics describe changes in land use between 2005 and 2013. Estimates of acres of land converted from a natural state to a developed state can be found here, as well as the rate of development in comparison to other areas. Natural land consists of forest, wetland, and water; open land consists or agricultural areas, bare soil, or low vegetation; development includes low density residential and commercial/industrial/high density residential development. Percentage calculations are based on the state's total land area, excluding major waterbodies.
Rank in relation to other towns/cities is shown in parentheses.
There are 351 towns/cities in Massachusetts.

Rank in state

Total area of developed land (acres)2,280185
Total area of natural land (acres)6,521221
Total area of open land (acres)580258
Percent developed land24%157
Percent natural land70%155
Percent open land6%246
Total area (acres)9,379258
Total area (square miles)15258

Recent Development

Development trends between 2005 and 2013 are summarized below. Natural land consists of forest, wetland, and water; open land consists or agricultural areas, bare soil, or low vegetation; development includes low density residential and commercial/industrial/high density residential development.
Rank in relation to other towns/cities is shown in parentheses.
There are 351 towns/cities in Massachusetts.

Rank in state

Total area of new development (acres)26224
Natural land converted to development (acres)16212
Open land converted to development (acres)10226
Total area of newly developed land from 2005 to 2013, standardized by geographic area size (acres per square mile)2227
Natural land converted to development (acres per square mile)1199
Open land converted to development (acres per square mile)1212
Total area (acres)9,379258
Total area (square miles)15258

Protection

The level of protection for the area is summarized below. We also consider the proportion of important conservation resources that are protected in the area, including BioMap2 Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscape, and relatively climate change resilient land. Percentage calculations are based on the state's total land area, excluding major waterbodies.
Rank in relation to other towns/cities is shown in parentheses.
There are 351 towns/cities in Massachusetts.

Rank in state

Overall area protected (acres)3,075148
Overall percent protected33%65
Area protected 2005 - 2013 (acres)55226
Percent BioMap2 Core Habitat protected83%13
Percent BioMap2 Critical Natural Landscape protected78%32
Percent TNC resilient land protected55%63
Total area (acres)9,379258
Total area (square miles)15258