The 1990 Census, GIS technology, and rural data needs

S. Shultz, J. Regan

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Geographic information systems (GIS), have been adopted by many federal, state, and local governments in order to efficiently store, manipulate and analyze spatial and topological data. The results of the 1990 Census are to be released as a map data base named TIGER which is expected to be compatible with many of these GIS systems. This paper explores the possibilities and limitations facing rural sociologists who may want to integrate rural data bases, TIGER data files and GIS technology. More specifically, GIS technology is described, the details of the 1990 Census and TIGER are highlighted, and finally, specific examples and suggestions detailing how rural sociologists can use GIS technology to improve the quality of their research are provided. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
JournalRural Sociologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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