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Housing-Unit Method in Comparison: The Virginia Case


Cai, Qian & Tippett, Rebecca M. (2015). Housing-Unit Method in Comparison: The Virginia Case.. Hoque, M. Nazrul & Potter, Lloyd B. (Eds.) (pp. 81-92). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media.


Population estimates are widely used in fund allocation, revenue sharing, planning, and budgeting at the federal, state, and local levels; as such, accuracy is crucial, and finding the most appropriate data and method to produce the accurate results is a constant goal for estimates professionals. This chapter examines the viability of the housing unit method, typically used at the sub-county level, for county level estimates. Would this straightforward and easy-to-implement method generate more accurate estimates than the ratio-correlation method or administrative record method? The findings, while not surprising, provide empirical evidence through a thorough, careful, and clear case study.


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Applied Demography


Cai, Qian
Tippett, Rebecca M.