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Create a custom variable

Create custom variables allow you to create a new list of variables. This can be useful if you need a specific type, range or combination of data. You can use the popular categories such as age, household income or create a custom complex variable using the operators in Advanced Options.

Custom variables can be accessed under My Data in the Data Browser.

Click Create a custom variable.

Create a custom variable

The Create Custom Variable dialog box appears.

You can create a custom variable by age, household income, other popular variables or use advanced options. Custom variables can be created in Color-Coded Maps and Smart Map Search.

Note:

Consider these factors when creating custom variables.

  1. Some variables are not available, such as ACS data variables.
  2. Certain combinations may not be statistically accurate, e.g. combining adult and household based variables or applying the AVG (average) operator on median variables.

Age

You can create a custom age variable from options based on a selected age range.

  1. In the Create Custom Variable dialog box, click Age.
  2. Choose the year of the data.
  3. Move the sliders to select the age range.
  4. Select the gender.
  5. The custom variable name appears in the Save the custom variable text box to indicate the name of the custom variable depending on your selections. This text can be edited.
  6. If using Color-Coded Map, click Save & Add. If using Smart Map Search, click Add.

Household Income

You can create a custom household income variable from options based on a selected household income range.

  1. In the Create Custom Variable dialog box, click Household Income.
  2. Choose the year of the data.
  3. Move the sliders to select the household income range.
  4. The custom variable name appears in the Save the custom variable text box to indicate the name of the custom variable depending on your selections. This text can be edited.
  5. If using Color-Coded Map, click Save & Add. If using Smart Map Search, click Add.

Other Popular Variables

You can create a variable with a custom range.

  1. In the Create Custom Variable dialog box, click Other Popular Variables.
  2. Click the category you want to use.
  3. Use the options to set the range. The options may be check boxes or sliders depending on your selection.
  4. The custom variable name appears in the Save the custom variable text box to indicate the name of the custom variable depending on your selections. This text can be edited.
  5. If using Color-Coded Map, click Save & Add. If using Smart Map Search, click Add.

Advanced Options

You can create a custom variable using Advanced Options. Select the variables from different categories and use the operators to create your own custom variable. The operators give you flexibility in variable creation. For example, you can create a variable for household incomes ranging from $150,000 to $300,000. Once created, the custom variable can be saved in the saved list for future use.

  1. You can search for variables by entering a variable in the Search all variables text box
    Search all variables
    or select the variable using the categories.
  2. Choose an operator for customization.
  3. Continue this process until you've created the custom variable.
  4. Type the variable name in the Save the custom variable text box.
  5. If using Color-Coded Map, click Save & Add. If using Smart Map Search, click Add.

Operators

There are many uses for the operators. Here is one example of how you can use these to customize your variable.

You might be interested in finding information for household income ranging from $150,000 to $300,000. You can select the variables for $150,000–$200,000; $200,000–$250,000; and $250,000–$300,000. After each selection, click the + operator. This will add these ranges to give you the custom variable.

Once you've created your custom variable, you need to create a name and save the variable. This custom variable will also appear in the saved list.

  1. Once you've created your custom variable, type the variable name in the Save the custom variable text box.
    Save the custom variable
  2. If using Color-Coded Map, click Save & Add. If using Smart Map Search, click Add.
  3. The values for your variable appear on the map.

    To access your saved custom variables, click the Saved Custom Variables drop-down menu.

    Saved list