Examples using the American Community Survey Application.
Open the Application, if you haven’t already.
Find the search box, and enter the name of a town. In this case, we will use Fort Collins, Colorado, as an example.
First we'll select the subject we would like to find data about. Locate the Data Category Dropdown on the top panel and select 'Age' (If it isn't already selected)
Next, locate the Geography Type dropdown, also on the top panel. Click on the ‘Place’ option to view data at the City and Town level.
You may need to zoom out to see the full boundaries of the town.
When you click on an area, the data box will fill with information.
Near the bottom of the Age section, you will notice that the Median Age in the city of Fort Collins for the American Community Survey 2007-2011 is 29.1 years of age.
You can browse the other topics in the data category dropdown to discover more information about Fort Collins.
You can also print a report with all this information by locating the print and data buttons on the lower left corner of the map and selecting ‘Print a Report’.
If you would like the data in a spreadsheet format, you also have the option of downloading the data for Fort Collins as a CSV file by clicking the 'Get CSV Data' button.
First, locate the Geography Type Dropdown. Select 'County' (if it isn't already selected).
Next, locate the Data Category Dropdown. Select 'Income and Poverty' from the list of choices.
You will see the contents in the data box on the right panel change. If you were to click on the map, the right panel would fill with information about the area you clicked on.
You can also click on the buttons in the data box to map that particular variable. In this case, we want to map by those In Poverty, so go ahead and click that button. It will turn dark blue after you click to let you know that it has been selected.
Now let's zoom out so we can see what the Poverty Rate is across the state.
Zoom In or Out with the Zoom Control.
(It may not fit perfectly like the picture below)
What do each of these colors mean? Click the legend button in the top-right corner of the screen (above the search box) to find out.
The legend will reveal the Percent in Poverty corresponding to each color value for each County.
This is the information we were looking for, but we want to print a map. It’s easy. Just locate the Print Map button on the lower left corner of the screen:
After you click, the program will process your map.
It will take about 10 to 20 seconds to process. When it is done, the button text will change to 'DOWNLOAD' to indicate that your map file is ready.
Now you can click the download button to receive your map. That’s it. Now you have a complete thematic map you can either print out or include in a Power Point presentation.