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Census data for digital mapping

This tutorial series will equip you with the skills needed to use United States census data to create a digital map.

Lessons

01 - Downloading the software This step-by-step tutorial will cover how to download QGIS, a free mapping software which will allow you to work with census data.

02 - Downloading the data This step-by-step tutorial will cover where to acquire the two types of census files you will need to make a map: (1) a table with statistics and (2) a GIS boundary file.

03 - Performing a table join This step-by-step tutorial will cover how to perform a table join linking the mapping file together with the statistical file – a step necessary to make a map.

04 - Filtering and clipping the data This step-by-step tutorial will outline a number of options for filtering data, both by geography and by attribute.

05 - Normalizing the data This step-by-step tutorial will describe the process for converting census counts to percentages, often more suitable for mapping.

06 - Styling the data This reference guide will point towards next steps for map design, cartography, and the QGIS print layout.

More help

If any questions arise about using these guides, finding data, or making maps, don’t hestitate to contact us at maps@harvard.edu.