Grich's World of GIS

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Location: Portland, Oregon

I have been in the Geographic Information Systems industry since graduating with a BS in Geography from Portland State Univ in 1994. Geography is COOL!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Census Bureau Data

The last issue of ArcNews (ESRI's corporate newspaper) had an article about the US Census FactFinder website. It looked pretty cool so I gave it a once over.
Now, the information at the beginning is pretty cool. Right away you can get census data for your town, county, zip or whatever. But the mapping is not nearly as cool as it looks on the screen.
I definitely think that the process that brings you to a complete map could be more intuitive, but it's not, and it took me a while to figure out where the custom maps were at.
Don't look to the article, it won't tell you. However the snapshot of the website in the article did help, because the site has a header with one of those "You are here" locators.
In the end, I did make a map of the ratio of men to women in my zip code. But the interface doesn't look like it does in the snapshot in the article.
So what's up B of Census?