Social Explorer: US Census Maps

The Social Explorer gives a map interface to the 2000 census data. It’s beautiful and really interesting–for example, you can chart the density of lesbian and gay partners across the country and discover that the distribution is uniform except for the central one-state wide strip from North Dakota to Texas and the lone splot of Utah. When you chart the changing density of blacks and whites in NYC, you get a feel for the sudden post-war boom in projects in Queens and Kings. It sure is nice to have these GIS-type tools in the hands of civilians like myself, which is basically the theme of Where.