Variable: Shelter (housing)

Means by which we house ourselves is an important feature of any society, and is differentially expressed by peoples and geographic regions. Understanding housing can tell us a great deal about other features of the human ecosystem, and the people who inhabit it, including socioeconomic conditions, local biophysical resources and materials, art and craft, and energy consumption patterns.

Housing can be measured in terms of density (units per square mile), type (single family, condominium, apartment), value (average cost per unit), ownership rates, average age, and pattern (sprawl, cgated communities, etc.).

Housing preferences influence other aspects of the human ecosystem, such as technology and governance (required infrastructure for delivery of services), recreational amenities (local parks versus private recreational areas), sustenance (delivery of food to dense versus disperse developments), etc.

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