Social Explorer – a data visualization tool

Census 2010 - Population Density per sq. mileSocial Explorer just relaunched their site with enhanced interactive maps and additional content such as U.S. historical census data back to 1790.

You’ll want to give it a try — Social Explorer data now includes:

  • US Census from 1790 to 2010
  • All annual updates from the American Community Survey (ACS)
  • InfoGroup data on religious congregations for the United States
  • Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000
  • Carbon Emissions data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project
  • Updates to ACS and Census 2010 data including urban supplement and Census Zip Codes (ZCTAs)
  • County-based Religion Data

 New Functionality includes:

  • Ability to save, share, and embed interactive maps and projects for blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. 
  • Ability to map all of the tracts in the US and chose what layer to map
  • Ability to turn map layers on and off
  • Improved street files
  • A select by radius tool
  • Geocoder works with fuzzy logic
  • Variables can be displayed through shaded area, bubbles, or dot density maps

This tutorial will help get you started!