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Spatial Patterns of College Students and Graduates

Posted by on Jul 30, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

August is often an exciting time in college towns, as waves of college students head back to their campuses all across the United States. Where exactly do these students live, and where do they live once they graduate? And what is the makeup of these small towns? As we look at the map of adults […]

FAQ: CrimeRisk

Posted by on Jul 30, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

The CrimeRisk score for my area is 208. What does that actually mean? CrimeRisk scores are indexed to the national level, which is given a score of 100. A value of 100 for a local area means that its expected risk is about equal to the national average. A score of 200 indicates that we […]

Distance Weighted Panorama Profiles

Posted by on Jul 30, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

Last week, we introduced distance weighting to trade area analysis to show the value of understanding the internal patterns within a trade area. Here we use a similar concept and apply it to the common practice of building a customer profile using Panorama segmentation. Recently, we were asked to help with a project to find […]

Introducing Distance Adjusted Trade Areas

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

Most of the simple site selection methods pioneered several decades ago are still widely used despite their known shortcomings. We all know fully well that the probability that a resident will be a customer is much higher if that customer lives one mile away than if they live five miles away. Despite this general awareness, […]

Vacation Preferences

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

Typically, summer months are filled with family fun, and usually, it is the most popular time to go on vacation. Of course, this year is anything but typical. We wanted to look at vacation preferences for a typical year. Where do people go? Are they truly going on vacation, or visiting friends and family? We […]

Freeway Drive Time Enhancements: Resolution Levels

Posted by on Jul 16, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

In addition to the expansion to global coverage and a much expanded road classification, Freeway now supports multiple levels of resolution. The original model included only two resolution levels – normal and detailed – which were at the 500’ and 2500’ grid levels.   Our new model includes four resolutions to cover a broader range of […]

Understanding Race and Hispanic Origin

Posted by on Jul 16, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

One of the most common questions we get asked is normally phrased as an accusatory statement – “Your data must be wrong, because when I add together the population by race plus the Hispanic population, the number is too big and doesn’t even match the total population.” In common practice, the Census Bureau core table […]

COVID-19 and Unemployment

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

With the rise in COVID-19 cases, some states are rolling back openings of businesses. When combined with PPP programs running out next month, this could lead to another spike in unemployment claims. Since early April, AGS has released a weekly dataset on unemployment estimates down to the block group, free of charge. Over the last […]

COVID-19 and Finances

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

There seems to be a domino effect happening in the financial world, from state and local closures, to job loss, and as a result, a growing amount of consumer debt, bankruptcies and mortgage defaults. The wave of bankruptcies, especially those in the retail sector, keep coming. Just this week, Lucky Brand added to the list […]

COVID-19 and Tourism

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

The travel industry generally accounts for about 3% of GDP and was the very first economic casualty of the “stay-at-home” orders. Within a matter of just a few weeks, air travel dropped to near zero. Cruise lines cancelled their entire seasons. Major theme parks closed. Even national parks closed. Entire hotels shut down. Hotel occupancy […]