Kern County Planning Department Microcomputer Based Census Data System

by Thomas Cripps, Kern County Planning Dep, Bakersfield, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications Within the Urban Transportation Environment


The development of the IBM PC microcomputer Census Data System used by Kern County Planning was started in July, 1984, and continues to be in the process of development. The system provides an efficient and ready means of access to process small area U. S. Census data down to the level of the block group. The relatively inexpensive desktop microcomputer configuration has many capabilities only previously available on minicomputers or larger systems. The open design of the system permits a varied integration of hardware and software packages, enabling the system to be adapted to the specific needs and applications of other local government agencies. This paper describes the development and implementation of the components of the system, and evaluates the results to date.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Computer software | Permits | Urban development | Architecture | Government | Local government | Transportation management

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