Products, Services, and Data

Demographics

COMPASS compiles demographic data for use in COMPASS products and by COMPASS member agencies. The COMPASS Demographic Advisory Workgroup works closely with COMPASS staff to review and provide input into demographic and growth monitoring activities conducted at COMPASS.

COMPASS demographic activities can be divided into four main categories:

  • Population estimates. Population estimates are estimates of the current population in a particular area. Each year, COMPASS develops population estimates for city and county jurisdictions in Ada and Canyon Counties.
  • Demographic forecasts. Demographic forecasts differ from estimates in that the forecasts are estimates of future demographics. COMPASS develops demographic forecasts for population, jobs, and housing for Ada and Canyon Counties for 25 – 30 years into the future. The current demographic forecasts look to the year 2040.
  • Growth and Monitoring Reports. COMPASS tracks data from a variety of sources to produce two monitoring reports: development monitoring reports and performance monitoring reports. Development monitoring reports contain an overview of development activity using building permit information collected from city and county jurisdictions in the Treasure Valley. Performance monitoring reports contain data and evaluations of the region’s progress toward achieving Communities in Motion goals.
  • Census assistance to member agencies. COMPASS assists member agencies in preparing for the decennial census and in compiling and providing data for other programs managed by the US Census Bureau.

For more information contact: Carl Miller, 475-2239.