Social Explorer

The Boise State campus community now has access to an amazing historical and current time demographics tool!

Social Explorer contains over 18,000 maps, and millions of data elements that span 220 years. The interactive mapping tools help students and faculty to create infographics that depict a time period and place to help better understand the period.

This tool can be used by any Boise State student, staff or faculty member. This video will show you the basics on how to create a map or infographic and save, share, and use it! This will impact your presentations, reports, and papers.

The content includes:

  • Current and historical demographic data
    • The entire US Census from 1790 to 2010
    • All annual updates from the American Community Survey (from 2005 to 2010)
    • All annual updates from the American Community Survey
    • InfoGroup data on religious congregations for the United States for 2009, including maps for counties, and special census areas, as well as point maps of the actual congregation locations (to be updated yearly)
    • The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2000. (To be updated in 2012.) 
    • Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project
  • Creates thematic and interactive maps that make it easy to visually explore all historical and modern US census data across the centuries and even down to street level detail where available. 
  • Creates reports at all geographic levels including the state, county, census tract, block group, zip code and census place (where the data exist).

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