I am using ArcGIS 10.5. Desktop version and would like to do the following:
I have a 150 points with coordinates over a map of a city and would like to create 300m buffers around each of them. I also have coordinates for several thousands of observations spanned across the city. After creating the buffers I would like to compare observations inside the buffer zones to those outside of the zone but still within the same zip code area.
My problem is this:
Many of the buffers are overlapping so how do I attach each observation to the nearest center point of a buffer it belongs to?
If possible I would also like to count the amount of buffers each observations is in (ranging from zero to several).
The ideal form of my data would therefore indicate:
- whether an observation is within a buffer zone?
- which buffer center point is the nearest to each observation that is within a buffer?
- how many buffers overlap each observation point?