High-resolution census data: Simple ways to make them useful

Itzhak Benenson*, Itzhak Omer

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Recent population censuses have brought about arrays of high-resolution explicitly geo-referenced socioeconomic data stored in the framework of Geographic Information Systems. Geography and social science are not prepared for these new urban databases, and this paper considers their potential for investigating residential distribution, based on the data of the 1995 Israeli Census of Population and Households. We focus on the methodological problems: understanding the phenomena, formal analysis, and statistical inference. The methods for mapping high-resolution data, establishing spatial relationships between them, analyzing neighborhood structure, and exploring the significance of the results are proposed and illustrated by examples of the cities of Tel-Aviv (pop. 350,000) and Ashdod (pop. 100,000).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
JournalData Science Journal
Issue numberSpecial issue
StatePublished - 26 Feb 2003


  • GIS
  • Population census
  • Spatial patterns
  • Spatial statistics
  • Thematic mapping


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