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Mapping Census Data

This guide lists key sources of Census data covering both the latest releases from the current 2000 Census and data going back to 1790. Print and electronic sources are included.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Boston College
GIS is a software system that allows data to be mapped at various geographic levels. B.C. also supports more advanced desktop mapping tools such as ArcGIS. Boston College supports the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in teaching, research and administrative projects.
To learn more about GIS software and services see Finding Spatial Data for Mapping

Interactive Mapping


Boston Redevelopment Authority Maps of Boston Neighborhoods

Maps and aerial photos of Boston neighborhoods. Look for local agencies for other cities which might provide more in depth breakdowns of major cities with neighborhood breakdowns.

Cancer Mortality Maps & Graph Web Site

National Cancer Institute provides interactive maps, graphs (which are accessible to the blind and visually-impaired), text, tables and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of cancer death rates for the time period 1950-1994 for more than 40 cancers.

GIS and Public Health
National Center for Health Statistics uses Geographic Information Systems to map health statistics, geocode data, and develop analytic methods. This site includes an Atlas of United States Mortality with mortality rates for many causes of death.