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Unit 08 - Socio-Economic Data

  • Author(s): Unit 08, CC in GIS
  • Calkins, Hugh
  • Editor(s): Goodchild, Michael F.
  • Kemp, Karen K.
  • et al.

This unit introduces topics related to socio-economic data for GIS including aggregation, cross-sectional vs. longitudinal sampling, secondary vs. primary data and geographic referencing. It then describes some common sources of socio-economic data including population census, economic census, agricultural census, land records, labor force statistics transportation and infrastructure inventories and administrative records. It concludes with a discussion of the US census of population and housing and TIGER/line files.

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