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.
Population Estimate Housing Unit Mean Absolute Percent Error American Community Survey Occupancy Rate
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
Cai, Q., & Spar, M. (2008). An evaluation of housing unit-based estimates in Virginia. Charlottesville: Weldon Cooper Center.Google Scholar
Hoque, N. (2012). Evaluation of small area population estimates produced by housing unit, ratio-correlation, and component method II compared to 2000 census counts. Canadian Studies in Population, 39(1–2), 91–108.Google Scholar
Smith, S. K. (1986). A review and evaluation of the housing unit method of population estimation. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 81, 287–296.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Smith, S. K., & Cody, S. (2013). Making the housing unit method work: An evaluation of 2010 population estimates in Florida. Population Research and Policy Review, 32(2), 221–242.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Smith, S. K., & Lewis, B. (1980). Some new techniques for applying the housing unit method of local population estimation. Demography, 17, 323–339.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Smith, S. K., & Mandell, M. (1984). A comparison of population estimation methods: Housing unit versus component II, ratio correlation, and administrative records. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 79(386), 282–289.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Starsinic, D. E., & Zitter, M. (1968). Accuracy of the housing unit method in preparing population estimates for cities. Demography, 5, 475–484.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Swanson, D. A., & Hough, G. C. Jr. (2012). An evaluation of persons per household (PPH) estimates generated by the American Community Survey: A demographic perspective. Population Research and Policy Review, 31(2), 235–266.CrossRefGoogle Scholar