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Journal Article

A Comparison of Population Estimation Methods: Housing Unit Versus Component II, Ratio Correlation, and Administrative Records

Stanley K. Smith and Marylou Mandell
Journal of the American Statistical Association
Vol. 79, No. 386 (Jun., 1984), pp. 282-289
DOI: 10.2307/2288261
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2288261
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

The housing unit (HU) method is often characterized as inferior to other methods for estimating the population of states and local areas. We believe this characterization must be challenged. In this article we evaluate population estimates produced by the housing unit method and by three other commonly used methods: component II, ratio correlation, and administrative records. Basing our analysis on 1980 census data from 67 counties in Florida and testing for precision, bias, and the distribution of errors, we find our application of the HU method performs at least as well as the more highly acclaimed methods of local population estimation.

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