Step 2: Scroll down the list of databases and click Social Explorer.
Step 3: The landing page lists several popular maps. Most people begin by exploring the basic United States map.
Step 4: The default map displays population density. You can change this default by selecting "Change Data".
Step 5: You can change both the type (categories) and date (years) of the data. Different data categories are available based on the years you select. Social Explorer provides data on the United States back to the 1790s. To see older data, select "Show All Years".
Step 6: Here is example of education data. The map displays the percentage of the population (over 25) who obtained a bachelor's degree or higher. This data comes from the American Community Survey (ACS) of 2018. Social Explorer allows the user to zoom in and out on the map, displaying statewide data as well as countywide data. In the example below, the data is displayed at the county level.
Step 6: Here is another example using Social Explorer health data. This particular variable displays the percentage of persons with limited access to healthy foods.
Step 8: To learn more about the underlying data, click on the "i" icon. For further information, click on the "Open Data Dictionary."
Step 9: In this example, the Data Dictionary provides additional information on the "Persons with limited access to healthy foods" variable.
Step 10: Remember if you need help you can always Ask A Librarian via chat or email any of the Research and Instruction Librarians at the University of Mississippi Libraries. We're here to help!