New Book Discusses Spatial Analysis of Census Data

Urban Policy and the Census

Urban Policy and the Census details how to interpret census data for use in GIS applications.

Urban Policy and the Census, the latest book from Esri Press, helps researchers and policy analysts gain a comprehensive understanding of census data and how it can be most effectively used for population research, policy planning, and decision-making.

Written by Heather MacDonald and Alan Peters, the book details a methodology for the spatial analysis of decennial census and American Community Survey data in areas including

  • Demographics
  • Economics
  • Housing
  • Transportation

“GIS analysis offers useful ways to interpret and communicate meaningful information, but to do so analysts need to consider the broader context of how that information is produced and the technical limitations of that information,” says MacDonald.

MacDonald, a former associate professor in the urban and regional planning program at the University of Iowa. He is a senior lecturer and course director of planning in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.

Peters previously held the positions of professor and chair of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa, and is now a professor in the faculty of the built environment at the University of New South Whales. Peters and MacDonald also wrote Unlocking the Census with GIS (Esri Press, 2004).

Urban Policy and the Census (ISBN: 978-1-58948-222-7, 200 pages, $49.95 USD) is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778.  Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

[Source: Esri press release]