Census Data & Visualization Tools

Social Explorer provides quick and easy access to current and historical demographic data. Easy-to-use online tools help users create custom maps and reports to visualize, explore and understand the patterns behind the numbers. Our latest version offers new ways to explore and present data from 1790 to the present.

Visualize Demographic Data

Customizable and user-friendly maps, allowing unparalleled exploration of demographic data and social change. Explore interactive maps with all historical and modern US census data across the centuries. See how your neighborhood and the country has changed over the decades.

Visualize Demographic Data

Data Tables and Reports

Create detailed data reports with our Reporting Tools. Export one or thousands of variables and geographies quickly and easily. Excel, CSV, and other file formatting shortcuts allow you to work with data in a variety of software programs for further analysis.

Data Tables and Reports

Compare Maps

Use our new Side-by-Side Maps Tool to display two maps at once for easy comparison and exploration. The double-map presentation helps you illustrate change over time, relationships between variables, and contrasts between geographies.

Compare Maps

Examine Change

Our new Swipe Map Tool enables users to visualize change dynamically. With a “swipe” of the mouse you can switch between maps views to reveal the differences between variables and time periods. You can also add a satellite map layer to provide real-world context for your data.

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Tell a Story

Create multi-map presentations with our new Storyboard Tool.Use our suite of presentation features to assemble interactive maps and media elements (text, images, video, audio, and annotations) to communicate your findings in a compelling narrative.

Tell a Story

Manage Your Projects

Save projects to your personal My Explorer account. Share your creations by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and other social media channels. Use our embed code generator to add interactive maps and projects to your website. Export, save and print maps and visuals to enhance your reports, presentations and graphics.

Manage Your Projects

Data Resources

Access more than 220 years of census data with tens of thousands of maps, hundreds of reports, over 400,000 variables and 40 billion data elements.

Breadth and Depth of Data

Our data library includes census data from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2012.

You can examine this wealth of data at the national, state, county, census tract and block group geographic levels (where available).

Use the Find Tool to guide your search by location. Browse full source documentation for all reports and maps, as well as the source and computation information for every variable.

Breadth and Depth of Data

Always Up-to-Date

Stay current with the latest data from the US Census Bureau. All new data and surveys are processed and added to Social Explorer as soon as they are released by the Bureau.

Online and On the Go

Access our data and tools on your computer and on your mobile device. with our free apps.

Social Explorer for Android™ is available

Google Play

Social Explorer App is available on the Google Play Store for Android tablets.

Social Explorer for iPad™ is available

Apple Store

Social Explorer App is also is available for Apple iPad devices on the App Store.