Change geography for data display
Social Explorer includes data on many geographic levels, from state, county and all the way down to census blocks. The amount of geographic detail adjusts automatically depending on your zoom level. However, not all geographies can be displayed automatically, some (like Census Block Groups and Zip Codes) you have to choose manually. That's very easy to do… here's how:
- Click on the Show data by button below the map title.
- Toggle off Automatic display.
- Select the geography level you want to visualize, such as County or Census Tract.
Once you set the geography manually, the selection will stay locked so you can explore it on any zoom level. For example, you can view county-level data or even Census Tracts for the entire United States.
You can explore data by ZCTA (zip codes), School Districts (UNSD, SCSD, ELSD), Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA), Congressional Districts, and many other geographic levels. Read more about these geographies:
- ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) created by the Census Bureau are approximate area representations of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) ZIP Code service areas.
- Public Use Microdata Areas are Census Bureau sample tabulation areas containing at least 100,000 people.
- Metropolitan Statistical Areas contain core urban areas of 50,000 people or more. They consist of one or more counties in the core area as well as any adjacent counties that have a high degree of social and economic integration with the urban core. (For example, the New York City metro contains parts of New Jersey as well.)
- School Districts come in three layers: Unifited School District (UNSD); Secondary School District (SCSD); and Elementary School District.