Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department / School

Sociology and Rural Studies

First Advisor

Weiwei Zhang


Applied demography employs population studies in the effort to answer real world questions and provide insights for the problems that business and civic leaders face on an ongoing basis. To answer these questions the applied demographer sometimes performs primary research, but more often they attempt to leverage and extend the use of publicly available data to answer the questions presented in an efficient and timeconstrained manner. The work described here looks at a problem presented by the Michigan Department of Education and the solution presented by the Michigan State Demographer. The problem required estimates for a single-year age group at a nonstandard poverty level. These data are not published by the U.S. Census Bureau, but a novel solution was developed to serve an intermediate need until a custom tabulation of Census data could be delivered. With the delivery of a custom tabulation of Census data, there was a unique opportunity to test the results of the interpolation against what would be a gold standard dataset. The results reveal that the process of interpolating estimates devised as a solution could produce estimates that could be useful for a variety of purposes.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Demography -- Statistical methods.
Population research.
School districts -- Michigan -- Statistics.
Michigan -- Social conditions -- Statistics.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-137)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



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