Creating a Thematic Map

View data on a thematic map to see geographic patterns in the statistical data. In a table, select a data value to create a thematic map. For example, you can view and compare the populations of Southern states in a thematic map by searching for state geography data tables and selecting Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida. From the table view, click the create a map button and select a data value. Different colors signify different ranges of data values. In the example below,

--South Carolina is red because the total population of South Carolina is 4,832,482, which falls within the red range of the legend.

--Florida is blue because the total population of Florida is 19,893,297, which falls within the blue range of the legend.





1.  From the table view, click create a map, located in the action menu above the table

-- Note: The create a map button will be grayed out if the table does not contain more than one geography of the same type (states, counties, etc.). To enable the button, click the add/remove geographies button and add geographies to your selections.


2.  Click a blue hyperlinked cell in the table to map

-- Example: Below this user selected the 2014 Population Estimate for Alabama (4,849,377).




A pop-up window appears showing the data you are using to create the thematic map



  1. Click show map to display a map with the data you chose or click cancel to undo the selection


Click the create a different map button from the actions toolbar on the map view tab to map a different cell. Click the remove map button from the actions toolbar on the table view tab to remove the map view tab.


By default, the thematic map displays data using the natural break classing method. Read Changing Data Classes to learn how to edit the number of data classes, color, level of transparency or classing method.


See Also

Reference Maps

Changing Data Classes

Finding a Location and Repositioning a Map

Changing Map Boundaries

Placing Map Markers

Basic Map Tools