A Variation of the Housing Unit Method for Estimating the Age and Gender Distribution of Small, Rural Areas: A Case Study of the Local Expert Procedure

by John F. Carlson, SAIC, Las Vegas, United States,
Linda K. Roe, SAIC, Las Vegas, United States,
Christopher A. Williams, SAIC, Las Vegas, United States,
David A. Swanson, SAIC, Las Vegas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


This paper examines the suitability of a survey-based procedure for estimating population in small, rural areas. The procedure is a variation of the Housing Unit Method. It employs the use of local experts enlisted to provide information about the demographic characteristics of households randomly selected from residential units sample frames developed from utility records. The procedure is nonintrusive and less costly than traditional survey data collection efforts. Because the procedure is based on random sampling, confidence intervals can be constructed around the population estimated by the technique. The results of a case study are provided in which the total population, and age and gender of the population, is estimated for three unincorporated communities in rural, southern Nevada.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Housing | Rural areas | Statistics | Frames | Data collection | Confidence intervals | Age factors | Nevada | United States

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