Our next webinar will be with Mr. Michael Ratcliffe. Michael is Assistant Division Chief for Geographic Standards, Criteria, Research, and Quality in the Census Bureau’s Geography Division, where he is responsible for geographic area concepts and criteria, address and geospatial data quality, and research activities. During his tenure at the Census Bureau, he has worked in both the Geography and Population Divisions, on a variety of geographic area programs, including urban and rural areas, metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, and other statistical geographic areas, and has led staff engaged in product development and dissemination. In addition to his work at the Census Bureau, he is an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he teaches Population Geography. Prior to that appointment, he was an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Mr. Ratcliffe holds degrees in geography from the University of Oxford and the University of Maryland.
Geographic Areas Used by the Census Bureau
The Census Bureau defines many different geographic areas which can be used to organize and aggregate data. The areas the Census Bureau uses can be divided into those which are legally defined and those which are not. The Census Bureau refers to non-legally defined areas as statistical areas.
Watch the following tutorial (15 minutes) which provides an overview of the geographic areas the Census Bureau uses and the relationships between them.