Document Type

Report

Publication Date

3-23-2021

Publication Title

Demography Fact Sheet No. 16

Publisher

The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West

First page number:

1

Last page number:

4

Abstract

This fact sheet reports the population distribution for the 687 census tracts in the State of Nevada between 2015 and 2019. Mapping population distribution by census tract can misrepresent population density. Oftentimes, in rural regions with low population density, large census tracts are home to a small number of people. Likewise, urban cores have many small census tracts, each with high population density. Using a method for constructing density-equalizing projections, or cartograms (i.e. maps that show statistical information in diagrammatic form) by Mark Newman and Michael Gastner at the University of Michigan, the constructed maps in this fact sheet better visualize population density among the 687 census tracts in Nevada. The illustrations provided allow for the comparison of a simple choropleth population distribution map -- which displays numerical data using a color gradient -- and a cartogram, which utilizes density-equalizing projections to demonstrate population density in Nevada and how population density differs by age-cohorts.

Keywords

Population distribution; Metropolitan Statistical Area; Nevada

Disciplines

Growth and Development | Human Geography | Public Policy | Urban Studies

File Format

pdf

File Size

461 KB

Language

English

Publisher Citation

Lim, J., Saladino, C.J., Brown, W.E. (2021). Nevada Population Density Maps, 2015 - 2019. The Data Hub at The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West. Demography Fact Sheet No. 16,1-4.


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