Getting started

To build a profile

When to use this tool

Use the “Build” option to view and compare standard types of information specific to cities and townships, school districts, communities and neighborhoods, counties, Zip codes, or Census tracts. The tool can aggregate and/or compare your selections into one data profile.

How to use this tool

  1. First, select one the available geography views as building blocks e.g., Cities and Townships, School Districts, Neighborhoods, Counties, Zip codes, Census tracts. Each additional selection will add to the existing profile’s total area.
  2. After making your selection, click on the map and choose one or more desired area(s). Note that your selection need not be contiguous– you can create a profile for a combination of areas within your selected geography view. Each additional selection will add to the existing profile’s total area.
  3. Once you finish selecting your area of interest you can either:
    1. Display your data profile below the map by clicking on “View Profile”
    2. Select a second selection area(s) to compare to your first selection by clicking on “Compare” and then “View “Profile” to display a side-by-side comparison data profile of your two selections.

To draw a profile

When to use this tool

Use the DRAW option when your area of interest is not a standard area such as a city, neighborhood, or school district. With the DRAW tool, you can draw a custom area and view a data profile for that area.

How to use this tool

As with the Build tool, begin by selecting one of the provided reference layer geography views.

  1. Select one of the drawing tool options: “Shape,” “Line,” or “Point” and click on the map to begin drawing. When finished drawing lines or shapes, simply double-click. Note that when drawing lines or points, you will need to identify the “Buffer” or surrounding area of interest to generate profile results. For example, you might choose a half-mile buffer surrounding a particular street corridor, or “line,” or alternatively, a one-mile radius buffer around a business address, or “point.”
  2. When finished drawing, click on “View Profile” and your data profile will display.
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