Improving the Connection between the Spatial and the Survey Sciences

PSU Researcher(s)
Chris Fowler

Additional Researchers (Affiliation)
David Folch (Florida State University)
Nicholas Nagle (University of Tennessee Knoxville)
Seth Spielman (University of Colorado)

This project uses ACS and decennial census data geocoded to the parcel level to explore possibilities for improving Census boundaries at very fine scales (block, block-group, tract). The intent is to identify ways that we might increase homogeneity within these geographies to reduce the level of uncertainty reported with ACS data. At present, uncertainty in the ACS makes the reported estimates difficult to rely on in statistical analysis. In the course of studying fine-scale census data we are also developing lines of inquiry that leverage the disaggregated data to answer basic questions about the distribution of the population in space.