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Why map data?
Typically, maps are the most effective way to display and communicate geographical data. There are several tools from the Census Bureau as well as FSU Libraries that are available to help you create maps with data from the U.S. Census.
The online program Social Explorer is the simplest method for creating a map of Census data. This program contains Census data from 1790 to the present, offers a fast and effective way to map data, and even allows for the simple creation of time-lapse slideshows of demographic variables. Social Explorer is available in both a free basic version, as well as a premium version available through MLibrary. See their help section for guides on creating maps.
Mapping tool created by the Census Bureau allows mapping on a limited number of topics from 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the 2012 5 year American Community Survey.
The new American Factfinder has excellent mapping capabilities. The site can sometimes be slow or buggy, so be patient. You can control classification (breaks), colors, and transparency of the main variable you are mapping. You can also control what other information appears on the map, including adding labels, boundaries, and text callouts. Output options are varied, though no vector graphics output is available.
Making Maps with Social Explorer