Have you ever wanted to include demographic, income, housing, or educational level data as part of your research? Himmelfarb Library has a resource that can help! PolicyMap is an easy-to-use data and mapping tool that allows you to access data about communities across the United States.
PolicyMap provides data on demographics, real-estate, health, jobs, broadband infrastructure, and more that you can use to create maps of specific regions, states, cities and communities. Health data (including obesity rates, infectious diseases, uninsured populations, and births), as well as quality of life information (such as crime, transit access, length of commute to work and access to libraries) can also be mapped. By combining comprehensive data with mapping and analytics tools, you can visualize data and create a deeper understanding specific profiles for the community of your choosing.
PolicyMap has more than just maps. You can view data in charts or graphs, run reports for specific areas, and create maps of areas using up to three layers of criteria. You can even download data to use in your own tools. Already have your own data that you’d like to use? Use the data loader to upload your data from a spreadsheet to view in PolicyMap.
PolicyMap collects data from a wide range of data sources including the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Census Bureau, and even Zillow. If you are new to this database, numerous tutorials and videos are available to help you learn how to use this PolicyMap to its fullest potential to meet your research needs.
Give PolicyMap a try today and see what it can do for your research!