I'm writing a report on housing vacancy, examining various combinations of variables for factors correlated with vacancy rates recorded in the census.
This is for a simple "requires further investigation" section of the report and all I want to do is present some scatter plots with a descriptive of the correlations.
I'm not interested in super-population arguments; I'm not looking to perform inferential stats here; I just want an appropriate metric for the reader.
Looking at other postings here it seems this is always a point of contention, including using Pearson's. Could someone give me some theoretical basis for why or why not listing Pearson's as a descriptive statistic here would be appropriate? And if not, what other correlation might be appropriate and why?