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Creating Your Own Maps


PolicyMap is a database which has maps already created and you may also create your own with the data provided.

If you need to create a map within the American Factfinder (Census) and you need to customize (change the basemap, color, etc.), after you have created the map itself using some of the following data tools:

First, create you map from the Tiger Web.  Reference their guide, How we map as well as Creating a Thematic Map Using TIGER/Line Shapefiles.

You can then select your basemap (2018 data is now available)

For help in using the products, see these tutorials:

Data Gems:  How to map using the American Factfinder

Getting Started with OnTheMap (formerly Base Map Help), Census

Guide and Brochures, Tiger/Lines Shapefiles

How to download census data from the American Factfinder

Interactive Maps

Tiger Data Products Guide

Tiger/Line Geodatabases

Tiger/Line Shapefiles

Using Basic Mapping