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POLS 021: American Parties and Elections (SC): Demographics (US, State, District)

Political Science 021: American Parties and Elections - Valelly (Spring 2014)

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Using Social Explorer to Research Congressional Districts

1. Decide if you'd like to create a map or a table of data. This example shows creating a table.

Choose the dataset you'd like to use, the "geographic type" (e.g. nation, Congressional district), state (if applicable), and geographic area (if applicable). Use Command + click (or CTRL + click on a PC) to select multiple Congressional districts for comparison.

Once you've selected the geographic areas, click Proceed to Tables.

Select the Census or ACS year you want, then select the level of geography (e.g. nation, state, Congressional district)

2. You'll see a table with the requested statistical information. As shown in the example below, you can view the data or download it in Excel or other formats.

In this example, you might look for demographic patterns in these particular districts and how they correlate with voting patterns. Or you could examine shifts in these particular districts by comparing the 2010 data with the 2012 data.

 Image of a table of Census data, containing demographic data for 3 Congressional districts in Colorado.