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  1. #1
    Jul 2006
    Chicago suburbs, IL

    How to identify reference communities?

    Does anyone have advice on how to go about identifying reference communities that share similar densities and land use distributions? Are there certain data sources or methods you can recommend?

    I would like to compile a list of communities that are comparable in density / land use to my own for research purposes.

  2. #2
    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    A variation on what you are looking for is the USA Counties Peer Finder by population available at:

    click on "range finder"

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    It often comes down to how well you know other places. One advantage to traveling is having the ability to see other communities, so that when somebody asks you for a community similar to Fernville, California, you can say Phillipsburg, Montana. There is more to comparison than simply looking at population, as I am sure you know. Is it a college community? How close is it to a larger city? What drives its economy? These and countless other factors influence how the place grows. Unfortunately, there is no good way of measuring all of that other than by simply checking places out.
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