Brief The Geography of Notaries Public
Brett Theodos, Noah McDaniel
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This brief examines the geography of notaries public—officials responsible for screening signers of important documents—with an eye toward documenting disparities of access across and within states, as these trends have not previously been documented. We find evidence of wide variation in notaries across states, which likely reflects both state policy features and social and economic factors. Similarly, we find significant variation in proximity to notaries within states in ways that map onto other access divides in the United States, including rural areas, poverty, unemployment, and racial and ethnic diversity.

Tags Community and economic development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center