A Technical Note on Spatial Aggregation for Independent Cities and Counties in Virginia

Jing Chen, West Virginia University

RRI TechDoc 2017-03


This document provides an overview of two approaches to treat Virginia’s independent cites in county-level data sets. Then, issues of spatial aggregation and geographical division change are introduced respectively. A Python function for spatial aggregation is also provided. Although this document focuses on independent cities and counties in Virginia, it can be extended into other regions for spatial aggregation.