Demographic GIS Data and Links
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The Arizona Electronic Atlas is an innovative interactive atlas that allows one to create, manipulate, and download accurate and current maps and data. We invite you to create your own map using these map themes: Natural Resources, People and Society, Business and Economics, and People and Environment.
The collection includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, congregations, and denominations.
CAUTION: Census block shapefiles downloaded from this site are incomplete, missing all census blocks on Federal Lands and other large geographic areas in both the East and West download files. Viewable and downloadable ESRI shapefiles and grids describing physical, administrative, transportation, demographic, economic, land use and land cover, and environmental characteristics of the 48 contiguous United States. Available layers include: Municipal, county, metropolitan area, and state boundaries. Census block and census tract boundaries and selected attributes, including net housing and population densities. Highway, railroad, and urban rail transit networks; and air and seaport locations. Locations of major employment centers and employment data for 1994 and 2003. Measures of 30- and 45-minute job accessibility for every location in the U.S. Boundaries of all federal lands, including national parks and monuments, national forests, Bureau of Land Management lands, and military facilities. Elevation and slope data generated from the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Comprehensive land cover data for 1992 and 2001 from the U.S. Geological Survey, including agriculture, forest, pasture, urban, and wetland locations. Locations of all major water bodies including rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. Locations of lacaustrine, palustrine, and riverine wetlands from the National Wetlands Inventory. Census blocks are divided into two files, east and west.
Links to online mapping sites, publicly available printed maps and downloadable maps. Provides access to boundary files suitable for use with a Geographic Information System as a base for medium to small-scale thematic mapping.
This page, created by the UVA Library for those not familiar with census data, provides an overview of the Census of Population and Housing and links to data sources. Information is provided for the 2000 census products, places to get quick answers, resources for getting data for analysis, and historical information.
The Census CD+Maps series, produced by GeoLytics Inc., provides easy access to US census data from the past several decades. Data cover the entire nation and can be viewed in tabular form, downloaded in many formats, or mapped in GIS-compatible files. Information from the CensusCDs are not online, and the CDs must be used in the Scholars' Lab. However, you can download information and store the files electronically for later use.
This website has compiled basic demographic, economic, and social data about towns and cities in all 50 states of the US. In addition to this data town profiles include basic maps and some aerial photos that show the location of the place. Note: NOT all populated places within states are included in this collection.
Community 2020 is a geographic and statistical data resource produced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help community development personnel identify, catalogue and keep track of grants and programs administered by HUD. It contains a large a large amount of information regarding these programs. It also has a large amount of 1990 statistical information that is attached to geographic files for a large number of areas: block groups, census tracts, cites, MSAs etc.
HUD's website for a collection of GIS mapping projects and downloadable GIS data.
Information includes U.S.-Mexico Border mapping project, HUD's integrated mapping service, Boundary data download and research map donwloads.
ESRI provides a six-disc set of data for use within ArcView, which may be used by UVA staff, faculty and students with ESRI products. These disks contain a wide variety of GIS data approriate for small scale mapping and as background information.
geodata.gov is a web-based portal for one-stop access to maps, data and other geospatial services that will simplify the ability of all levels of government and citizens to find geospatial data and learn more about geospatial projects underway.
This website contains maps and graphs depicting various characteristics of slavery in Virginia during the 1800s. Created by Philip D. Troutman as a doctoral fellow project with the Carter G. Woodson Institute at UVa.
Geography Network provides users with the opportunity to browse data available from commercial and government sources. Established in July 2000, this is still a very sparse listing.
GIS Data Depot redistributes data that is publicly available. Data is organized by nation, state and county. When looking for GIS data this is good place to start.
Globalis is an interactive world atlas where you decide what is to be displayed on the map. Globalis aims to create an understanding for similarities and differences in human societies, as well as how we influence life on the planet. This is primarily done using visual means. This interactive atlas has done a particularly nice job of mixing statistical and thematic data into a GIS environment.
The Scholars' Lab holds a collection of 19 cd-roms developed by Avenza Systems, Inc. in 2000. These files are based on 1990 and 2000 US Census Bureau TIGER/Line data files and include datasets for the entire United States at variable scales.
Many pre-formatted maps available for download: Congressional Districts - 108 Congress, Federal Lands and Indian Reservations, Online Maps of the United States, Presidential Elections 1789 - 2000, Reference Maps of the United States, and West Nile Virus 2000.
The National Atlas is designed to promote greater national geographic awareness. It delivers easy to use, map-like views of America's natural and sociocultural landscapes. It also has 100 useful GIS layers for download such as a shaded relief image of the U.S., census data and various environmental layers.
The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) is a project to create and freely disseminate a database incorporating all available aggregate historic census information for the United States between 1790 and 2000. The data being incorporated into NHGIS covers social and economic topics from 1790 through 2000. Census blocks shapefiles are available. Check the "Data Availability" link for a chart on the status of included data. The data is free, but users must register to download data. Census block shapefiles are available for download state-by-state.
This website is designed to enable city residents to find information and maps of open spaces within the city and is run by a non-profit organization. This website is the best source for New York City aerial photographs and also contains property ownership, park, census, and demographic data.
The Geospatial Data Clearinghouse is a collection of over 260 spatial data servers, that have digital geographic data primarily for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), image processing systems, and other modelling software. These data collections can be searched through a single interface based on their descriptions, or "metadata." Do NOT assume that only sites in Virginia will hold data about Virginia.
The Online Statistical Atlas of Virginia was developed using data from the 1990 Census. It presents over 60 graduated color maps and associated tables of Virginia, its counties and independent cities, to produce a statistical snapshot of the state.
2010 Census Redistricting [P.L. 94-171] TIGER/Line Shapefiles
Sanborn® Fire Insurance Maps for Georgia Towns and Cities, 1884-1922 consists of 4,445 maps by the Sanborn Map Company depicting commercial, industrial, and residential areas for 133 municipalities. Originally designed for fire insurance assessment, the color-coded maps relate the location and use of buildings, as well as the materials employed in their construction. The maps indicate which city utilities--such as water and fire service--were available.
The purpose of this mission area is to provide population and other socioeconomic data derived from censuses in formats that facilitate their integration with earth and environmental science data. Typically the data are transformed from vector representations of census enumeration areas into raster grids that facilitate analysis of population numbers, density, and characteristics for different geographies
Social Explorer is dedicated to providing easy access to demographic information about the United States. Providing historical as well as current census data, users can produce maps and reports, visually analyze and understand the demography of the U.S., and explore historical demographic data. Published by Queens College, CUNY.
The Encyclopedia of Chicago is a dynamic and unprecedented metropolitan history. Thousands of historical resources-including articles, photos, maps, broadsides and newspapers-related to Chicago's colorful and complex history are at your fingertips.
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection is a general collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. More than 5,000 map images from the collection are available online. This includes the general use maps such as those produced by the CIA as well as some historic city plans that are included from travel guides and bluebooks.
This interactive mapper lets you make reference maps using the Census Bureau's TIGER data. Maps can be made showing most TIGER layers including roads, census tracts and county boundaries to name a few.
This mapping engine uses 1998 TIGER/Line® data and 1990 Decennial Census data to create interactive maps of the U.S. This includes mapping geographic features such as roads and boundaries plus the ability to map select 1990 census variables.
The TIGER/Line files are a digital database of geographic features, such as roads, railroads, rivers, lakes, political boundaries, census statistical boundaries, etc. covering the entire United States. Tiger data was designed to provide standard geographic data for the Census to use for mapping purposes. This is the Census Bureau's TIGER page.
Interactive Map service for Wake County North Carolina and the city of Raleigh North Carolina. You can get maps of properties (owner/deed information) Environmental features, ortho photos, county and city zoning, electoral districts, parks and greenways, demogrpahic, cultural faciliites, transportation and Raleigh Planimetrics.