Geographic Region: Census Tracts
Census tracts generally have a population size between 1,200 and 8,000 people, with an optimum size of 4,000 people. A census tract usually covers a contiguous area; however, the spatial size of census tracts varies widely depending on the density of settlement.
Census tract boundaries are delineated with the intention of being maintained over a long time so that statistical comparisons can be made from census to census. Census tracts occasionally are split because of population growth or merged as a result of substantial population decline. In some instances, census tracts can be used to explore data trends and patterns on a neighborhood scale across the state.
Source of definition: U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division