ERIC Number: ED105612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
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Manual on Procedure for Using Census Data To Estimate Block Income.
Summers, Anita A.; Wolfe, Barbara L.
This publication discusses the difficulties of calculating reliable income estimates for particular groups of people and presents a methodology for overcoming those obstacles. Basically, the procedure involves setting up cumulative distributions of housing values, rental values, and family incomes for each census tract. Average housing values and rental values are then computed for each block and used to calculate average family income for the block. A number of adjustments may be made to offset disparities in rental values or home values and to reflect any income differences between renters and home owners. Following a brief introductory section, the author carefully outlines his statistical method, including the various adjustments that can be applied in different situations. The following section is a lengthy step-by-step example which uses actual 1970 census data for a Philadelphia census tract. The final section consists of a computer package for calculating family income distribution within a census tract. (JG)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)