David Plane

About David Plane

My research focuses on population geography and regional science, U.S. migration and settlement patterns, the role of the life course in affecting mobility, and methods for modeling activity patterns and temporal change in spatial interaction systems.  I have served as President and Chair of the North American Regional Science Council; President of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers; President of the Pacific Regional Science Conference Organization and President of the Association of American Geographers Population Specialty Group; Editor-in-Chief of Papers in Regional Science and Co-Managing Editor of the Journal of Regional Science; as well as numerous panels and committees for the National Science Foundation, the National Academies, and the U.S. Census Bureau.  I am a Fellow of the Regional Science Association and of the Western Regional Science Association and a 2014 recipient of the AAG's Population Specialty Group's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Population (Migration), Transportation, Regional Science, Regional Development, Quantitative Modeling

Selected Publications


Books and Monographs

The Geographical Analysis of Population: With Applications to Planning and Business.  (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1994).  David A. Plane and Peter A. Rogerson.  417 pp.

Fifty Years of Regional Science.  (Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2004).  Raymond J.G.M. Florax and David A. Plane (editors).  400+viii pp.

Classics in Planning: Regional Planning.  (Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2007).  691+xvii pp.  David A. Plane, Lawrence D. Mann, Kenneth Button, and Peter Nijkamp (editors). 

Patterns of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Population Change: 2000 to 2010.   2010 Census Special Report: C2010SR-01.  Issued September 2012.  U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC.  Steven G. Wilson, David A. Plane, Paul J. Mackun, Thomas R. Fischetti, and Justyna Goworowska (with Darryl T. Cohen, Marc J. Perry, and Geoffrey W. Hatchard)

Selected Journal Articles

A New Spatial Optimization Perspective on the Delineation of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas.  Geographical Analysis 46 (2014) 230–249. Daoqin Tong and David A. Plane.

The Hoover Index of Population Concentration and the Demographic Components of Change: A Paper in Memory of Andy Isserman.  International Regional Science Review  36 (2013) 97–114. Peter A. Rogerson and David A. Plane.

Voters on the Move: The Political Effectiveness of Migration and Its Effects on State Partisan Composition. Political Geography, 31 (2012) 429-443.  Jurjevich, Jason R. and David A. Plane.

The Role of Hierarchical Proximity in Migration and Population Growth: Urban Shadow Versus Urban Synergy Effects. Studies in Regional Science, 42 (2012) 109-128.   David A. Plane and Christopher J. Henrie.

What about Aging in Regional Science?  The Annals of Regional Science 48 (2012) 469–483.

Ties That No Longer Bind?  The Patterns and Repercussions of Age-Articulated Migration.  Professional Geographer 61 (2009) 4–20.  David A. Plane and Jason R. Jurvevich.

Decentralization of the Nation’s Main Street: New Coastal-Proximity-Based Portrayals of Population Distribution in the United States, 1950­–2000.  Professional Geographer 58 (2006) 448–459.   Christopher J. Henrie and David A. Plane.

Pandora’s Box: The Potential and Peril of Migration Data from the American Community Survey.  International Regional Science Review 29 (2006) 231–246.  Rachel S. Franklin and David A. Plane. 

Migration up and down the urban hierarchy and across the life course.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102 (2005) 15313–15318 (D. A. Plane, C. J. Henrie, and M. J. Perry)

The Conditions of Coastality (Presidential Address).  Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers 67 (2005) 9–23.

The Post-Trewartha Boom: The Rise of Demographics and Applied Population Geography.  Population, Space, and Place 10 (2004) 285–288.

Age Articulation of U.S. Inter-metropolitan Migration.  The Annals of Regional Science 37 (2003) 107–130.  (D. A. Plane and F. Heins)

Methods of mapping migration flow patterns.  Southeastern Geographer 41 (2001) 89–104.  (S. C. Holland and D. A. Plane)

Geographical pattern analysis of income migration in the United States.  International Journal of Population Geography 5 (1999) 195–212.

Migration drift.  Professional Geographer 51 (1999) 1–11.

Fuzzy-set migration regions.  Geographical & Environmental Modelling 2 (1998) 141–162.

Measuring spatial focusing in a migration system.  Demography 34 (1997) 251–262.  (D. A. Plane and G. F. Mulligan).

The role of migration research in regional science.  Papers in Regional Science: The Journal of the RSAI  76 (1997) 133–153.  (D. A. Plane and C. Bitter).

Demographic influences on migration, Regional Studies (1993) 27: 375–383.

Requiem for the fixed-transition-probability migrant, Geographical Analysis 25 (1993) 211–223.

Age-composition change and the geographical dynamics of interregional migration in the U.S., Annals of the Association of American Geographers 82 (1992) 64–85.

Tracking the baby boom, the baby bust, and the echo generations: how age composition regulates US migration, Professional Geographer 43 (1991) 416–430 (D. A. Plane and P. A. Rogerson).

The geographic components of change in a migration system, Geographical Analysis 19 (1987) 283–299.

Forecasting interstate migration with limited data: a demographic-economic approach, Journal of the American Statistical Association 80 (1985) 277–285 (A. M. Isserman, D. A. Plane, P. A. Rogerson, and P. M. Beaumont).

Economic-demographic models for forecasting interregional migration, Environment and Planning A 17 (1985) 185–198 (D. A. Plane and P. A. Rogerson).

Modeling temporal change in flow matrices, Papers of the Regional Science Association 54 (1984) 147–164 (P. A. Rogerson and D. A. Plane).

A systemic demographic efficiency analysis of U.S. interstate population exchange, 1935–80, Economic Geography 60 (1984) 294–312.

The cross-regional variation of in-migration and out-migration, Geographical Analysis 16 (1984) 162–175 (D. A. Plane, P. A. Rogerson, and A. Rosen).

Migration space: doubly-constrained gravity model mapping of relative interstate separation, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 74 (1984) 244–256.

Redistricting reformulated: a maximum interaction/minimum separation objective, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 16 (1982) 241–244.

An information theoretic approach to the estimation of migration flows, Journal of Regional Science 22 (1982) 441–456.

Estimation of place-to-place migration flows from net migration totals, International Regional Science Review 6 (1981) 33­–52.

The geography of urban commuting fields: some empirical evidence from New England, Professional Geographer 32 (1981) 182–188.

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Contact Information

David Plane
Telephone: 520-621-1738
Fax: (520) 621-2889
Office: ENR2 S429
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00-200; Thursday 10:00-11:00


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (1981) Regional Science (Supervisor: Tony Smith)

M.A. University of Pennsylvania (1977) Regional Science (Transportation Concentration)

B.A. Dartmouth College (1976) Geography; Urban and Regional Studies

Université de Toulouse – Le Mirail (1976) Foreign Study Program

Cornell University (1972) Summer Program, Architecture and Planning


Dissertation Title

A 'mimimum information' approach to the spatial modelling of human migration: with applications to U.S. interstate flows

Courses Taught

Geography 150B1: "Human Geography & Global Systems"

Geography / Planning 379: "Urban Growth & Development"

Geography 567:  "The Geographical Analysis of Population"

Geography 471: "Problems in Regional Development"

Geography 367: "Population Geography"

Various Geography 696 graduate seminars on Population Geography, Migration, Transportation