Thematic maps show geographic patterns in statistical data, such as population or median income, displayed as color-coded areas on a map.
In American FactFinder, a Thematic Map can be created from any table that displays more than one geography of the same type (more than one state, more than one county, etc.).
From the Table Results page, click the Create a Map button. Select a data cell from the table that you want to map. The row and column headers corresponding to the cell you select is the data item that will be mapped. Once the map is displayed, the map tools displayed above the map allow you to:
You can customize the map with the options to the left of the map:
Metadata, or "data about the data", is available from information icons throughout American FactFinder, as well as from the help link displayed at the top of every page. Open the Help window, then click the "About the Data" button.
Search the Census Bureau's Question and Answer Center.