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Planning Geographies

This section includes planning area context maps at several scales and maps that show how the Rosewood Choice Neighborhood Planning Area relates to census tracts, zip codes, police districts and other boundaries used to collect information.

Demographics

This section presents information drawn from the 2010 U.S. Census and 2007-2011 American Community Survey concerning the demographic characteristics of the neighborhood. The Rosewood Planning Area includes all of two census tracts (8.04 and 9.01) and portions of four other census tracts.

Land Use

The maps included in this section identify existing and future land use patterns and the zoning that is currently in place to achieve the desired land use pattern. This section also includes additional information on the locations of key community facilities, environmental features and other neighborhood conditions that help to inform physical planning.

Housing

This section includes information on the nature of the housing stock, including whether units are rental or owner-occupied and the concentrations of different housing types within the neighborhood.

Transportation

This section provides information on transit, bicycle and pedestrian routes through the neighborhood.

Education

This section identifies the range of educational facilities that serve the Rosewood Planning Area and includes information specific to each public school on the demographic profiles and academic achievements of students compared to other district and Texas schools.

Health

Data on health is typically aggregated at the municipal or county level and is not available for small geographies. While the American Community Survey includes certain health-related questions, responses are not available at the census tract level. Children’s Optimal Health works collaboratively through data sharing agreements to create maps that help inform policy related to children’s health. The maps included in this section provide information on the health of Austin Independent School District (AISD) middle school students for Austin generally and within the Rosewood Planning Area.

Public Safety

This section includes information on safety related crime within the Rosewood Planning Area in relation to Austin generally.


DATA SOURCES & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We would like to thank the City of Austin for providing GIS files that contained the information used to generate most of the maps included in this Data Book for the Rosewood Choice Neighborhood Planning Area. For more information regarding citywide and neighborhood planning intiatives in Austin, please visit http://www.austintexas.gov/department/planning, http://www.austintexas.gov/imagineaustin, and http://austintexas.gov/department/neighborhood-planning.

Population and housing counts and social characteristics are based on data from two U.S. Census Bureau data resources:

  • The 2010 U.S. Census provides a snapshot of the U.S. population and basic count of housing as of April 1, 2010. The U.S Census is conducted once every ten years for the purpose of congressional apportionment and legislative redistricting. Data collected in decennial census is available on a block level and includes population by age, race, Hispanic origin, household relationship and sex, and limited housing data number of owner-occupied units, renter-occupied units and vacant dwelling units.

  • The American Community Survey (ACS) is intended to measure the changing social and economic characteristics of the population. The ACS is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social and economic data each year. Because ACS data are collected continuously, they are not always comparable with data collected from the decennial census. ACS data is reported as 1-, 3, or 5-year estimates depending on the census geography. One year estimates are available at the municipal level, but 5-year estimates must be used for census tracts. Because only a few surveys may be collected in any given year for a particular census tract, there is sometimes a wide margin of error for a particular data set that must be considered when analyzing data.

  • For more demographic information, please visit http://www.austintexas.gov/demographics and http://www.census.gov.

Other data sources include:

  • Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority for information on neighborhood bus routes and schedules. For more information, please visit http://www.capmetro.org/

  • Children’s Optimal Health for information on middle school health and safety-related crime. For more information, please visit http://childrensoptimalhealth.org/COH/

  • Texas Education Agency for school report cards. For more information, please visit http://www.austinisd.org/