The diversity of the elderly population in Los Angeles County is studied by using the concept of life-style. Life-style is defined by a set of socioeconomic, demographic, and behavioral characteristics. A methodology is presented that uses factorial ecology techniques; the data required are commonly available from census and administrative sources in metropolitan areas. Factor analysis is applied to census tracts to define dimensions of life-style that represent the major differentiating characteristics of elderly populations. Homogeneous life-style groups among the elderly are then identified by clustering tracts that show similar life-style dimensions. Finally, analysis of variance is used to identify differences in the travel characteristics of life-style groups. An investigation of the elderly population of Los Angeles County was conducted as a case study. Seven dimensions were defined that provided a basis for the identification of seven elderly life-style groups. Each group was found to be unique in terms of travel demands and socioeconomic composition. Life-style groups were also found to reside in specific areas of the county, a necessary condition for meeting their transportation needs. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-11
  • Monograph Title: Improving transportation services for the elderly, the handicapped, and the disadvantaged
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  • Accession Number: 00184715
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030902689X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM