Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Geology


The need, for population housing information describing the conditions of our urban areas has become critical for city and county governments in their attempts to deal with such problems as urban growth, inner city decay and redevelopment, location of public facilities, and allocation of city services. No longer can the decennial census inventories be used as the only source of urban information. City and county governments must develop methods of estimating population and housing characteristics between census enumerations that can provide accurate, timely and meaningful information concerning the urban community. This information must then be made available to local decision makers so that they can respond to the needs of their jurisdictions based upon current data about the area’s condition and trends. Estimates for geographic subareas are essential to understanding the internal distribution of population and housing characteristics within cities and their changing patterns over time. The actions of local government in responding to urban problems must be sensitive to changing conditions within specific neighborhoods; thus the need for current estimates by subarea is critical. The urban geographer can make an important contribution to the development and implementation of population and housing estimating procedures within local government. The essential question is the quantification of "where," which the geographer is eminently well qualified to answer. The study of the spatial arrangement and distribution of occurrences is at the core of geographic research. Today the skills of the geographer can be applied to help local government respond in an effective way to the problems of our cities.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Geography and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1977, Stephen Warren Kinzy.

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