I have a bunch of Census Tracts that I want to spatially join with larger neighborhood geographies so that the numeric fields of the Census Tracts are summed on the join.
A spatial join based on intersection won't work because some of the tracts intersect multiple neighborhoods. So I really want to join based on what neighborhood the centroid of the tract falls in.
However, when I run the spatial join tool with the center, it appears that center is only based on the target layer not the join layer. In older versions of ArcMap, I know I could run the Feature-to-Point tool to create a new feature of the tracts' centroids and then could run the spatial join that way. But this tool either doesn't exist anymore or isn't available with a basic license.
Does anyone have any workarounds? Or is there a better way to do this?