Land Use / Recent Development by Town
These maps illustrate land cover by various geographic units across the state. Land cover was derived from Landsat satellite imagery as interpreted by researchers at Boston University's Department of Earth and Environment.
The Low Density Residential class generally includes developed areas with less than 50% impervious surface and the Commercial/Industrial/High Density Residential generally includes areas with greater than 50% impervious surface.
The Natural Land category consists of forests, wetlands, and water bodies. The Open Land category is comprised of agriculture, unvegetated land, beaches, and areas of low vegetation such as pastures and coastal heathlands.