Alternatives to Decennial Census Data: Using Intercensal Data to Assess Neighborhood Conditions
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences
Geography, Geology and Planning
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.
© Anita Davis
Davis, Anita, "Alternatives to Decennial Census Data: Using Intercensal Data to Assess Neighborhood Conditions" (2002). MSU Graduate Theses. 735.