I'm interested in creating heat maps for various US cities that show concentrations or pockets of wealth. I would also like to compare vocation to annual income. Any assistance is appreciated.

asked 09 Feb '11, 21:01

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Could you please explain a little bit more about the details of what you're trying to map? What measures of wealth do you have in mind, what range of specificity do you need for your geographic unit of analysis (e.g., census blocks, PUMS, etc?), what form of vocation/occupational/industrial data do you need (e.g., do you want partial/full 95NAICS95 occupational codes or could you get by with general categories of work?

That said, the easiest option would probably be American Factfinder via the Decennial Census or American Community Survey (ACS) data sources. The ACS is more recent, but can sometimes be more limited in geographic granularity. The Census data are still from the 2000 Census, so they're a bit older; however, they do provide you with a wealth of data that can be drilled down to very small geographic units:

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Additionally, American Factfinder can also be used to make thematic/choropleth maps, which might be useful for what you are trying to put together?

Of course, I might not understand the particulars of your project completely, but, if you would elaborate on it, I would be happy to help.

Good luck!



answered 14 Feb '11, 07:19

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