Thesis Title

Alternatives to Decennial Census Data: Using Intercensal Data to Assess Neighborhood Conditions

Author

Anita Davis

Date of Graduation

Fall 2002

Degree

Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences

Department

Geography, Geology and Planning

Committee Chair

Diane May

Subject Categories

Earth Sciences

Abstract

A neighborhood is a constantly changing mix of sociological, physical and economic variables. Frequent monitoring facilitates proactive maintenance and improvement in neighborhoods. An extensive search of the literature yielded 19 neighborhood variables most used in neighborhood research. At least one timely, relevant, reliable and economical intercensal indicator was found for each variable. Results of this research provide a framework for local intercensal neighborhood assessment. This framework facilitates the use of local data sources and benchmarking to provide a basis for managing neighborhood quality through annual monitoring and trend analysis. Geographic information systems (GIS) technology was found to be a major factor in operationalizing intercensal neighborhood assessment.

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© Anita Davis

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