311 for Cities: Estimating Daytime Population

How To, Guide, or Manual National Resource Network March 15, 2016 Economic Development

In  March 2016, a city submitted a request through the National Resource Network’s 311 for Cities feature asking for support estimating their average daytime population, taking the tourist population into account. The city sought this information to inform strategic planning and budget development decisions.

The attached brief was developed by the Network and shared with the city to provide insight on helpful resources for estimating daytime population. The Network used the Census Bureau’s formula for Commuter-Adjusted Daytime Population, which is “Commuter adjusted population = Total area population + Total workers working in an area – Total workers living in an area,” and suggested adding tourism data from their local Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

311 for Cities launched with the Network in 2014 and – at its peak – was available to more than 600 cities around the country. Local government staff in these communities could submit a question on any challenge they were facing and the Network team would develop a written response highlighting recent research, relevant case studies and best practices. This is one of those responses. The Network no longer offers 311 for Cities, but please contact us at info@nationalresourcenetwork.org if you think we can be of help to your community.

311 for Cities: Estimating Daytime Population