International Journal of Health Geographics
Studies involving the built environment have typically relied on US Census data to measure residential density. However, census geographic units are often unsuited to health-related research, especially in rural areas where development is clustered and discontinuous. We evaluated the accuracy of both standard census methods and alternative GIS-based methods to measure rural density.
Owens, Peter M.; Titus-Ernstoff, Linda; Gibson, Lucinda; Beach, Michael L.; Beauregard, Sandy; and Dalton, Madeline A., "Smart Density: A More Accurate Method of Measuring Rural Residential Density for Health-related Research" (2010). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 1016.