American Factfinder: Creating Thematic Maps

What are Thematic Maps?

Thematic Maps display statistical information for a geographic area or several areas. They can be a very effective way of presenting statistical information, especially for comparing multiple geographic areas. Thematic maps are available for 2000 and 1990 Census of Population and Housing and the 1997 Economic Census.

American Factfinder allows you to create highly customized maps. These can be downloaded and used in word processing and presentation programs for reports and presentations.

Examples of thematic maps [will open in a new window]

 

Creating Thematic Maps

There are several ways to create thematic maps depending on the data you wish to display and the degree of customization required.
See examples of maps created using different options. [will open in a new window]

If the map does not display the required data set for the geographic area divided according to the census geographic area required, use these options:

To change the area(s) displayed, use the drop down menu in the left of the screen to change the types of area displayed (for example, state or block group) within the same state, county, place, etc. If the state, county, etc is incorrect, use the Change Selections drop down menu (top right hand corner of screen) and select Geography to return to the Geography selection menu.

To change the data displayed, use the Change Selections drop down menu (top right hand corner of screen) and select Theme to return to the theme selection menu.

To change the data set displayed, use the Change Selections drop down menu (top right hand corner of screen) and select Data Set to return to the data set page.

The Related Items option in the top right hand corner of the screen will list all tables and thematic maps displaying the same type of data as the current selection.


Customizing Thematic Maps

Printing and Downloading

 

 

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