Social Explorer is designed to provide libraries, scholars, students, and market researchers at all
levels with quick and easy access to modern and historical census data and demographic information.
This resource brings together a vast and growing amount of quantitative data with an intuitive visual
interface to make demographic research, the analysis of social trends, and comparison of neighborhoods,
communities, counties, and other areas accessible and interactive. Updated on a regular basis as new data
and features become available, Social Explorer is a reliable and complete reference of quantitative modern
and historical information that meets the needs of research-oriented and scholarly users without sacrificing
ease of use for students and other non-experts.
For more information on Social Explorer, please visit About.
- Access current and historical demographic data with ease:
- The entire US Census from 1790 to 2010.
- The entire American Community Survey (ACS) from 2005 to 2012.
- All annual updates from the American Community Survey.
- InfoGroup data on religious congregations in the United States for 2009 and 2010, including maps for counties
and special census areas, as well as point maps of the actual congregation locations.
- The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2010.
- Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project.
- Social Explorer includes over 40 billion data elements, 500,000 variables, and more than 25,000 interactive
maps. New datasets coming soon—stay tuned for details.
- Stay current with the latest data from the US Census Bureau, which is added to the site as soon
as it is
- Browse full source documentation for all reports and maps, as well as the source and
for every variable.
- Replace printed volumes spanning 22 decades of census surveys with easy-to-compare data all in
one place and
Tools & Features
- Visualize data with customizable, user-friendly maps, allowing unparalleled exploration of
demographic and social change, revealing the patterns buried in raw numbers.
- Create thematic and interactive maps that explore all historical and modern US census data across
the centuries and even down to street level detail (where available).
- Locate geographies with the address find tool.
- Export, save, and print maps and reports for professional-looking reports, presentations, and
graphics. High-resolution images are available and any presentation can be exported directly to PowerPoint.
- Create multi-map presentations with the interactive slideshow tool for in-depth comparisons and
- Graph and chart data with easy on-screen tools to investigate the data and communicate your
- Save projects in your personal MyExplorer account for archiving, collaboration, and more.
- Share your creations in presentations and online. Maps can be shared through email, Facebook, and
Twitter, and embedded in websites.
- Create data reports at all geographic levels, including state, county, census tract, block group,
zip code, and census place (where the data exist).
- Download data to a variety of file formats for use with your favorite statistical package. Our
reports automatically calculate aggregates, percentages, inflation adjustments, and medians to save time and eliminate
- No software to install or maintain, making it hassle-free for librarians and users. The site works
entirely on the web and provides many basic GIS and data manipulation functions.
- An ideal teaching resource that employs an engaging visual approach to demographic information for
courses across the social sciences, and trusted by Pearson Publishing as a leader in social science online learning.
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- Unlimited access to all the data and maps.
- Enhanced reporting tools.
- Teaching tools to use Social Explorer in the classroom setting.
- Automatic login access for the entire campus or organization.