Introduction to Social Equity Analysis

Social Equity Analysis can be used to understand community conditions, analyze demographic data, and communicate racial equity initiatives.

Governments across the globe struggle to ensure residents have opportunities to continue their education, secure a well-paying job, find healthy foods, access affordable health care, and locate housing options in safe neighborhoods. They recognize many face challenges due in part to systematic and structural barriers, that constrain access to opportunity. Social equity aims to understand how systems negatively affect certain groups and level the playing field by making investments aligned with the severity of needs. Many governments are making a commitment to social equity and seeking interventions, or policy changes, that reduce burdens for marginalized communities. Social Equity Analysis is typically implemented by state and local governments that want to understand unique characteristics and conditions that exist in their community and how actions they are taking impact access or needs.

The Social Equity Analysis solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you assess demographic data and community conditions, operationalize equity plans, and communicate key racial equity initiatives to internal and external stakeholders.

Deploy the solution

This ArcGIS solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

Deploy the solution

See Deploying a solution for more information.


Social Equity Analysis requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Pro 3.1 or later (Basic)

Information products

Social Equity Analysis includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionMinimum user type

Social Equity Analysis

An ArcGIS Pro project used by equity analysts to analyze community conditions, create composite indices, identify actionable patterns in demographic data and perform equitable site selection to meet community needs.

GIS Professional Basic

Social Equity Analysis

An ArcGIS Hub site used by the general public to learn more about progress made on racial equity initiatives or programs.

Not required

Community Characteristics Index

An Interactive Legend app used by the general public to view the resulting Community Characteristics Index produced using the Social Equity Analysis ArcGIS Pro project. 

Not required

Racial Equity and Inclusion Community Survey

An ArcGIS Survey123 form used by the public to provide feedback on racial equity initiatives or programs.

Not required

When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release notes

The following are the release notes:

2.0 (Nov 2023)
  • A new Social Equity Analysis ArcGIS Pro project that adds support for the Calculate Composite Index geoprocessing tool.
  • A new Racial Equity Community Outreach ArcGIS Hub site.
  • A new Community Characteristics Index ArcGIS Instant Apps app.
  • A new Racial Equity and Inclusion Community Survey.
  • A series of new Social Equity Analysis maps and feature layers.
1.2 (Nov 2022)
  • A new Social Equity Analysis ArcGIS Pro project to support ArcGIS Pro 3.0.
1.1 (April 2022)
  • An update to the Social Equity Analysis ArcGIS Pro project to resolve a bug in the Create Ranked Surface tool.
1.0 (Nov 2021)
  • First release of Social Equity Analysis