Should I use Enumerated or Usual Residence data?

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Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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3 Responses

  1. Ivan says:

    Intuitively people go for Usual Resident data, but once you know its shortcomings for detailed analysis I’d go for Enumerated data anyday. Use ERPs if you just want to know a total population figure straight up!…but they are just estimates afterall. It can be all so confusing!… Thanks for the info Glenn.

  2. Tom says:

    I’ve often chosen to look at enumerated data, especially when doing meshblock analysis in the central city. That’s because I’m interested in the relationship between population density and what for want of a better word I’d call the vibrancy of the streets. Hotel guests and other visitors would make at least as much contribution to the bustle of the streets and the viability of hospitality businesses as regular residents.

    • Glenn Capuano says:

      Yes – it can be good for that, though it’s a bane for areas which have their peak tourist season at other times of year and Census data doesn’t help them!

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