I'm trying to figure out a process in ArcMap that will be able to analyze the approximate number of people living near transit stations. I'm eventually going to turn this into a Python script, but I'm trying to figure this out manually in ArcMap first since my programming skills are trash. Basically, I have a shapefile of census tracts in a city that contain population data, and I also have a shapefile containing point locations of light rail stations. I want to find out how many people live within a half mile radius of each stop.
What I've done so far:
- Added the shapefiles to the map
- Clipped the light rail stations to the city boundary (I'm limiting my work to just the city and not the surrounding counties to make things simpler).
- Used buffer to create a feature class that puts a 0.5 mile radius around each rail station.
Could I use intersect to go from here?
I'm really not sure how I would go about the rest of this process.