Community and Regional Planning

Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) candidate Grant Daily has pursued his desire to learn higher-level applications of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology in the field of planning by enrolling in Dr. Yunwoo Nam’s Community and Regional Planning “Advanced Spatial Analysis with GIS” course, which delves into spatial statistics and other advanced GIS analytical tools.

For his semester project in the course, Grant utilized data that he had assembled while working with CRP Associate Professor Dr. Rodrigo Cantarero on a research project focused on analysis of the spatial distribution of poverty conditions among Nebraska’s counties. Grant’s project utilized the spatial data analysis software, GeoDa, with data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2015 American Community Survey, to perform spatial regression analysis.

Statistically significant variables that Grant found in his analysis of poverty conditions in Nebraska counties include housing cost-burden, crowding in households, county distance from Interstate 80, percent minority population and percent foreign-born population.

Grant’s analysis, presented with the use of ArcGIS mapping software, reveals that Nebraska counties with the highest concentrations of poverty are in the northwest part of the Nebraska panhandle, as well as in the northeast corner of the state.

- Gordon Scholz