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Geography Department
Map Interpretation & AnalysisAssignment 3Due:
GEOG 281
In the D2L Content area for this course, under the Assignment 3 section (where you found this document), find the link titled “Assignment 3 Map Links” and open it. The page you are taken to contains separate links for Parts A and B of this assignment. Part A: Introducing GIS using Lancaster County GIS Data

Your course content pages illustrate how to navigate the map. In particular you should practice zooming in and out, “panning,” displaying the map layer legends, turning map layers off and on, “identifying” particular map elements (the most important for this assignment are the “institutions of higher education”), and measuring distances (this works much like the toolbar used earlier in the course on the topographic map .PDFs). The key data layers are recorded for “census tracts,” which are geographical areas smaller than a township, city or borough, used by the US Census Bureau to report detailed geographical results (they publish data for smaller subdivisions of the census tracts, too). Answer the following questions:

1.Which institution of higher education is closest to MU’s main campus? How far away is it in miles? (Note: do not eliminate any of the candidates for any reason other than distance.) Millersville University down town campus - 3.787 miles

To answer questions 2 – 4, use the census tracts layer depicting Population Density; it has a yellow-to-red color scheme (sparse to dense population, in people per square mile). To see it clearly, turn off the other two census tracts layers (Median Household Income and Median Age) and the UGB-VGB layer. 2.List the names and annual tuition for the institutions located in the census tracts with a population density greater than 10,000 people per square mile. Stevens College of technology- 6800$

Millersville Downtown – 8400$
Lancaster Theological seminary – 12600$
Franklin and marshal 42600$
3.Describe the general characteristics (all, not just tuition) of the institutions from question 2. Are there any similarities common to all or most (over half) of them? More than half of the school are private have high tuition and low school enrolment 4.Provide at least one reason why the similarities you identified in question 3 seem appropriate for their highest-population-density locations. The schools do better in high density areas so they have more recognition and more draw to their campus To answer questions 5 – 9, use the census tracts layers depicting Median Age and Median Household Income. The Median Age map layer has a brown-to-white color scheme (representing youngest to oldest). The median age is the age (in years) of the middle person in the population if everyone in that census tract was lined up from youngest to oldest. The Median Household Income layer has a light-to-dark green color scheme (poorer to wealthier). The median household income is the income (in dollars) of the middle household if every household in that census tract was lined up from the lowest income to the highest income. 5.Choose a set of seven randomly-located institutions, including the MU main campus, and create a data table with their names (as separate table rows), and the population density, median age and median household income of their respective census tracts. Note: collect the latter values using the Map Identify tool, not the map legend.

InstitutionPop Density (per square mileMedian AgeMedian household income HACC1637.865936.9 years43116$
Pennsylvania college of Art and Design14796.655734.221922$ Eastern Mennonite university of Lancaster588.397741.251957$ Franklin and Marshall14167.947822.431734$
Lancaster bible2010.79624646299$
Millersville main3575.127821.340116$
Stevens college of technology12041.669827.922260$

6.What other institutional characteristics are common to the three institutions in your table (for question 5) with...
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