Social Explorer

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Format: Full-Text
Coverage Dates: 1790 - Present

Description: Social Explorer is a comprehensive data research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change. Social Explorer also offers features and tools to meet the needs of both demography experts and novices.

  • Provides easy access to current and historical demographic data:
    • The entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, plus the first 2010 census data release; it is updated continuously with new data from the decennial census and American Community Survey as it is released from the U.S. Census Bureau.
    • Includes over 40 billion data elements, 200,000 variables and more than 18,000 interactive maps from 1790 to 2010. Download data for processing offline using any statistical package; the reports automatically calculate aggregates, percentages, and medians. Export, save, and print maps and reports.
    • 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 down to street level detail where available. Maps can be seamlessly converted into reports.
  • Creates reports at all geographic levels including the state, county, census tract, block group, zip code and census place (where the data exist).

For the most reliable off-campus access, please use the VPN provided by UMSL's ITS Department. Additional information

Social Explorer is provided to the UMSL community by the Information Technology Services Department.

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Subjects: Arts and Humanities, Business & Economics, History, Multidisciplinary, Political Science/Public Policy/Law, Social Sciences, Sociology
Types: Primary Sources, Statistics