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Amenity Index

Authors: Matthew Wheelwright
Owners: iUTAH Data Manager · Matthew Wheelwright · Courtney Flint
Resource type:Generic
Created:Aug 06, 2016 at 4:22 p.m.
Last updated: Jan 06, 2017 at 9:20 p.m. by iUTAH Data Manager


This dataset contains an amenity index for all Utah Census Places. Using Census data and other available datasets, an index for 'amenityness' was created. Following Ganning and Flint's previous research note, the index is calculated using physical amenities as well as socio-economic indicators (See: Ganning, Joanna Paulson, and Courtney G. Flint. “Constructing a Community-Level Amenity Index.” Society & Natural Resources 23, no. 12 (November 2, 2010): 1253–58. doi:10.1080/08941920903030132).

This index adds context to any study where an understanding of local, natural amenities is valued. It contains the following physical amenity variables: 1. Open Land 2. Open Water 3. Kapos Classification 4. Number of Recreation sites

It also includes key indicators which come from Census Data. 1. Employment Diversity 2. Median Household Income 3. Seasonal Housing 4. Population Growth 5. In-migration from out of state 6. In-migration from out of county 7. College education 8. New Housing Built 9. Housing Valued over $175,000 10. Median Rent 11. Median Housing Value 12. Employment in arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services.

For more information on the calculations and variables, please read Ganning & Flint's research note and the ReadMe file linked to this dataset or the data dictionary within the excel spreadsheet as Tab 2.

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Wheelwright, M. (2017). Amenity Index, HydroShare, http://www.hydroshare.org/resource/373527434e7544fc8d68ee78cd657da9

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 Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:  WGS 84 EPSG:4326
 Coordinate Units:  Decimal degrees
Place/Area Name: Census Place across Utah

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South Latitude
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The people or organizations that created the intellectual content of the resource.

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Matthew Wheelwright


People or organizations that contributed technically, materially, financially, or provided general support for the creation of the resource's content but are not considered authors.

Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
Joanna Ganning University of Utah
Courtney Flint
Extended Metadata
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Observed Variables Area of Open Land, Area of Open Water, Kapos Classification (Elevation & Slope Index), Number of Natural Recreation Sites, Employment Diversity, Median Household Income, Seasonal Housing, Population Growth, In-migration from other State, In-migration from other County, College Education, New Housing, Housing Valued over $175,000, Median Rent, Median Housing Value, Employment in Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accommodation, and Food Services
Variable Description various Amenity related variables
Data Processing Method Indexing methodology for place amenities per Ganning & Flint 2010, "Constructing a Community-Level Amenity Index."
Data Collection Method ACS 2008-2012 Census data AGRC and other GIS mapping site analysis


This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
National Science Foundation iUTAH-innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability 1208732


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