Across the United States, there is more than 3.7 million square miles of land. From Alaska to Florida, the land across the country can come in all different kinds of forms, which includes but isn’t limited to commercial and residential real estate areas, parks, farmland, and much more. So, who owns the most land in the United States? The research team at Madison Trust analyzed data from The Land Report 100, which is an annual ranking of land ownership, to find out, and have shared their fascinating findings in this new infographic.
According to the data and the research by the team at Madison Trust, it was found that the Emmerson Family owns the most land in the United States. Sierra Pacific Industries, which is Red Emmerson’s company, is not only the largest lumber production firm within the United States, but the company also owns 14 different sawmills throughout the country. They own approximately 2,330,000 acres of land across the states of California, Oregon, and Washington, and are the only group to own more than 2.2 million acres of land in the United States.
There are only two other parties that own more than two million acres of land in the United States, including second-ranked John Malone and the third-ranked Reed Family. John Malone owns approximately 2,200,000 acres of land across the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, as the Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation works to conserve land for the communities that use this land to live, play, and work.
The Reed Family also owns quite a bit of land in the United States, with 2,100,000 acres across California, Washington, and Oregon. It was in 1897 that Mark Edward Reed was hired to manage the Simpson Logging Company, and assumed control of it in 1906. Since then, the Reed Family has built a rather large and impressive portfolio of land across the United States.