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DASZ Datasets

MRCOG's DASZ datasets include current and forecast socioeconomics that pertain to population, housing, employment. DASZs represent a transportation planning geography called Data Analysis Subzones, which are small units of geography that are compatible with MRCOG's transportation model. These datasets are created by MRCOG to understand existing transportation trends and project future travel demand in the region. However, their use extends beyond travel demand forecasting to land use planning, economic development and so on.

The pdf Data Dictionary provides definitions of the variables that may be included in each database.

DASZ Boundary Maps (PDF)

Socioeconomic Estimates by DASZ

xls2012 DASZ Data zip2012 DASZ Shapefiles
xlsx2010 DASZ Data zip2010 DASZ Shapefiles
xls2000 DASZ Data zip2000 DASZ Shapefiles

The 2012 population and housing estimates were derived from 2010 Census block data for population, group quarters and housing units by type. The 2010 housing figures were advanced to 2012 using residential building permits issued between 2010 and 2011. The population was also advanced using area-specific vacancy rates and household size data.

The 2012 employment estimate was based on 2012 employment data purchased from a third party vendor, Infogroup. This data was checked and verified through phone calls, internet searches and against previous employment databases. This file was smoothed to match county control targets that were independently derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages by County supplemented with uncovered military, self-employment, and agricultural employment estimates.

The public school enrollment data comes directly from the NM Public Education Department. UNM/CNM enrollment comes directly from their respective enrollment fact books.

The 2010 DASZ dataset contains data from the 2010 Census, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, InfoUSA, and public school districts.

2040 Socioeconomic Forecast by DASZ

The 2040 Socioeconomic Forecast became final with the approval of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) by the Metropolitan Transportation Board (MTB) in May of 2015. The 2040 forecast replaces the 2035 Socioeconomic Forecast as the official forecast for transportation planning purposes. The core elements of the forecast include population, households, household population, housing units (single family and multi-family) and employment (basic, retail and service). These variables are forecast for the 914 Data Analysis Subzones (DASZs) that comprise the MRCOG region.

xlsx2040 Excel Table zip2040 GIS Shapefile

pdf2040 Socioeconomic Forecast in the MRCOG Region by County and DASZ: Methodology Document

The forecast was developed with the assistance of a land use simulation modelling system that was estimated and calibrated specifically for the MRCOG region. Inputs include existing population, employment, and land use inventories, local planning documents (including sector plans, area plans, master plans, etc), local zoning regulation (including allowable uses and densities), local development review cases, historical building permits, vacancy rates, and developer and planner interviews.

The regional projection for population was based on county-level population projections developed by the University of New Mexico’s Geospatial Population Studies in 2012. The regional employment projection was developed by MRCOG using a custom built economic forecasting tool.

Please use the 2012 Socioeconomic Estimate to accompany the 2040 Socioeconomic Forecast when analyzing anticipated growth over time. The 2012 dataset is the base-year estimate for the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.   

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