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April 2010

Social Explorer

A valuable addition to the Libraries' census resources is now available in GALILEO!

Social Explorer, an easy to use demographic and mapping database, contains U.S. Census of population data from 1790 to present. The site's online tools help you visually analyze and understand the demography of the United States through the use of interactive maps and data reports. Browse and download thousands of census data tables going back to the first U.S. Census, and explore thousands of interactive historical data maps. Social Explorer provides convenient digital access to two censuses never before available to UGA users online (1970 and 1980). All data can be exported into Excel and maps can be exported into PowerPoint.

Social Explorer features a web-based application that creates fast, intuitive, and visually appealing maps and reports. The site visually displays the demographic change that has occurred in the U.S. from 1790 through the present at a variety of geographic levels, including neighborhoods, counties, and states. Demographic patterns throughout American history spring to life in the form of reports, maps, and animations.

Note that 1980 and earlier geographic coverage is limited to nation, states, and counties (plus census tracts starting with 1940). In other words, no pre-1990 data for cities, "places", or metro areas is available. Researchers will still need to consult the printed volumes in the Main Library Reference area (1st floor) for this information.

Social Explorer also contains religion data down to the county level from 1980 to 2000, based on the Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS), the most complete census available on religion in the United States. Discover where populations of religious groups such as Catholics or Baha'is are located throughout the United States.

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