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Social Explorer provides easy access to demographic information about the United States, from 1790 to present. Their online tools are aimed to help you visually analyse and understand the demography of the United States through the use of interactive maps and data reports. The free collection on the website features historical census data maps and reports. This includes a limited subset of socio-economic and demographic data on the United States from 1790 to 2007. Subscribers have access to over 12,000 maps between 1790 and 2007, and over 50,000 variables of data in reports.

Communicating and portraying geographical data is not an easy task, as to be honest it can all come across as a bit dull. That said, the video below provides and insight into Social Explorer:

Social Explorer Maps — Intro from Social Explorer on Vimeo.

Still awake? Its not the most gripping of videos but the tool is actually well worth a look – head over to to give it a try.

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