How to use the interactive mapping tool

When you load the mapping page for the first, you should see a map of the whole continental United States.  Individual neighborhoods (census tracts) are not visible until you zoom in to a small enough area.  (Otherwise the tracts would be so dense, the map would just be a jumble of lines.) 

When you first enter the map, the "zoom tool" is active.  You can use your mouse to draw box around the area you want to map.  Alternatively, you can use the drop down menus at the bottom of the page to zoom into a state (left side) or metropolitan area (right side).  Remember, no neighborhood-level data will be displayed until you zoom in to a specific area. 

While working with the maps, you can select from a variety of tools.  Each tool changes the function of you cursor.  Click on the tool you want to be active in the box at the right of the map.  The cursor will continue to perform the same function until you click on another tool.  The tools include:

The best way to learn how to use the site is trial and error.  We have made every effort to make the web site simple and intuitive, but we know there is always room for improvement.  If you have problems using the site or suggestions for improvement, please let us know.