An easy-to-use resource for current and historical United States Census data and demographic information.
Create reports and maps of the U.S. population for a variety of geographic levels, on topics such as race, sex, age, education, and many more. Social Explorer provides access to data from all Censuses from 1790-present and the American Community Survey, plus additional data on religious congregations. To save your maps and to use all of the database's tools and features, you will need to create a free account.; Web-based maps & downloadable statistics; Varies, 1790 - present
Welcome to Social Explorer! You can access Social Explorer through the Library A-Z page or via the attached link.
The library has licensed access to increase the amount of features available. So make sure you are using the University of Richmond edition! To confirm you are in the right edition, make sure you see the logo "Professional plan provided by the University of Richmond".
Using Social Explorer
To begin, choose EXPLORE in the middle of the screen
You'll see a default map of the United States
Use the search box to search for a place by name. Try Searching "Richmond, Virginia"
Pull down Show Data By and change it to your geography (county, place, census tract, etc.). For more information on geographies, see the next tab entitled "FINDING YOUR GEOGRAPHIES"
Select the Change Data button
Finding Your Geography
The U.S. Census uses a system called "GEOGRAPHIES". They are boundaries that embody physical concepts, like zip codes known as ZTCA, cities, counties and states. However
Social Explorer does not include every possible census geography
The Census uses its own methods and terminology for geography as well, the most prominent of which is a division known as a "Census tract," which divides up counties
Social Explorer shows boundaries for most Census Tracts back to 1940.
City and Census Tract boundaries usually change with every decennial census. Expect to see larger tracts for older census years.