I am currently searching for high resolution data on residential or commercial land use in the USA. I'd like to use this data to determine for a given location wether this location is in a house with people living in it or not. The data doesn't have to be perfect, as I only intend to do a case study on that. Therefore, it would be sufficient to find such data for a bigger city (e.g. Boston). Does anyone of you guys know if such data exists?
As I am not planning to use the data commercially, I can't afford paying very much for it. With this restriction, I can't use business directories like InfoUSA or Dunn & Bradstreet, which are mention in this question.
I considered using OSM, as it contains a node attribute
landuse that can be used to mark a node as used for residential use. Unfortunately, the data in OSM currently doesn't seem to be very accurate in that respect. If I am wrong there, I would be very grateful for corrections and hints.