Data & Resources

In support of local and regional planning initiatives, The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission maintains a library of demographic and spatial information. This data covers a variety of sociological and economic issues affecting the region, as well as the physical features influencing its geography. Data sources include U.S. Census Bureau data (including the upcoming American Community Survey data, available in our region by 2009), Virginia Employment Commission data, and the Weldon-Cooper Center for Public Service, among others. 

The Commission also utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS)--mapping software that displays complex spatial data in an intuitive map that can be easily read. The Commission produces a variety of these informative maps for inclusion in studies, display at public meetings, and distribution in various publications.

GIS analysis can be applied in almost any situation where the problem-solving of socio-economic issues occurs. Recent projects where GIS has been used by the Commission include:

  • Jurisdictional Land Use and Zoning Maps
  • Watershed monitoring and management
  • Population and labor force growth analysis
  • Regional transportation development
  • Economic and tourism promotion