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Commuter-Adjusted Population Estimates: ACS 2006-10

Brian McKenzie, William Koerber, Alison Fields, Megan Benetsk y, Melanie Rapino


The concept of the daytime population refers to the number of people who are present in an area during typical business hours, including workers, children in school, people in hospitals or other short-term medical facilities, people temporarily staying in lodging facilities, and customers present at retail locations. This is in contrast to the “resident” population, which refers to people who reside in a given area and are typically present during the evening and nighttime hours. Information on the expansion or contraction of worker populations throughout a typical workday is important for a variety of community planning purposes. These purposes may include, for example, addressing transportation planning issues and disaster relief operations.

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