December 1995

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Source

This datalayer was produced from the post-census release of 1990 TIGER/Line files for the fourteen counties of Massachusetts. This datalayer includes the boundaries of all census blocks and can therefore be used in conjunction with Census Bureau data summarized at the census block level--the finest available resolution of census data.

The layer is named CENSUS1990BLOCKS_POLY.

Production

Using ArcInfo Workstation, the Census Block data (in coverage format) were created by extracting from county TIGER files all linework, line attributes, and polygon attributes. The coverages were enhanced by dropping redundant data items, appending several demographic data items from the STF-1, STF-3a, and PL94-171 census data matrices, and creating an Arc/INFO ADD file for address-matching. Each polygon in the original county TIGER file was assigned a MassGIS town-ID code, ensuring that all of the original polygons appear within the Town TIGER Geography datalayer.

In some cases, polygons within the TIGER line network were not assigned unique census block numbers by the Census Bureau. That is, more than one polygon was assigned a single census block number, and is thereby related to the same record in the matrices of demographic data published by the Census Bureau. In order to overcome the problem of redundantly assigning data values from the matrices to the TIGER Geography coverages' polygon attribute tables on the basis of these nonunique census block numbers, MassGIS apportioned numeric values among the polygons on the basis of their relative area. This is arguably incorrect, since it assumes demographic heterogeneity among all polygons assigned the same census block number. However, in all cases observed by MassGIS, such polygons were contiguous and relatively small, so the impact of this error is expected to be minimal.

Attributes

The layer's polygon attribute table includes the following items:
Item Name Description
BLK TABULATION BLOCK NUMBER
BLKGROUP CENSUS BLOCK GROUP. REDEFINED FROM CTBNA
CD101 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS (US HOUSE OF REPS) - 101ST CONGRESS. VALID THROUGH 102ND CONGRESS
CD103 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS (US HOUSE OF REPS) - 103RD CONGRESS. CURRENT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS
CENID CENSUS FILE IDENTIFICATION CODE
CENPOLID CENSUS POLYGON ID. CONCATENATED FROM TIGER ITEMS CENID & POLYID
COUNTY FIPS COUNTY CODE
CTB CENSUS TRACT/BNA CODE (CHARACTER). REDEFINED ITEM
CTBNA CENSUS TRACT/BNA CODE
FMCD FIPS 55 CODE (MCD/CCD)
FPL FIPS 55 CODE (PLACE). TIGER ITEM 'FPLCDE'
HU100 HOUSING UNITS. FROM CENSUS FILE PL94171
ID-720 CONCATENATED ID FOR SUMMARY LEVEL 720. RELATE TO CENSUS SUMMARY TAPE FILES & PL-94171 FILES
ID-750 CONCATENATED ID FOR SUMMARY LEVEL 750. RELATE TO CENSUS SUMMARY TAPE FILES & PL-94171 FILES
POLYID POLYGON IDENTIFICATION CODE (TEMPORARY)
POP100 POPULATION. FROM CENSUS FILE PL94171
SAC10 ACTUAL/PSEUDO VOTING DISTRICT CODE. USED TO VERIFY VTD VALUE
STATE FIPS STATE CODE
TILE-NAME MassGIS TOWN ID
TRACT-BLOCK CONCATENATED TRACT AND BLOCK CODES
VTD VOTING DISTRICT CODE USED IN REDISTRICTING


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Last Updated 9/28/2007