Counting snowbirds: The importance of and the problems with estimating seasonal populations

Counting snowbirds: The importance of and the problems with estimating seasonal populations Using the example of the seasonal population of ``snowbirds'' that spend the winter in Arizona and other Sunbelt states, this paper examines the issues involved with estimating temporary populations. Specifically using the experience of ASU's ongoing research efforts on Arizona snowbirds, the paper discusses some of the problems associated with estimating a seasonal population – in particular: (1) defining the population under study and (2) developing effective procedures to collect information relating to the population. The concluding section emphasizes the growing national importance of temporary populations and the needs of both the public and private sector to have better information on both their size and characteristics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Population Research and Policy Review Springer Journals

Counting snowbirds: The importance of and the problems with estimating seasonal populations

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Social Sciences; Demography; Sociology, general; Population Economics
ISSN
0167-5923
eISSN
1573-7829
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1019560405310
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Abstract

Using the example of the seasonal population of ``snowbirds'' that spend the winter in Arizona and other Sunbelt states, this paper examines the issues involved with estimating temporary populations. Specifically using the experience of ASU's ongoing research efforts on Arizona snowbirds, the paper discusses some of the problems associated with estimating a seasonal population – in particular: (1) defining the population under study and (2) developing effective procedures to collect information relating to the population. The concluding section emphasizes the growing national importance of temporary populations and the needs of both the public and private sector to have better information on both their size and characteristics.

Journal

Population Research and Policy ReviewSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 10, 2004

References

  • Seasonal migration of retired persons: Estimating its extent and implications for the state of Florida
    Rose, L.S.; Kingma, H.L.

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