Smart Map Search allows you to view geographic areas that match your criteria. This section shows you how to select up to five criteria, set your ranges, and view your results on the map.
If you aren't able to access functionalities of this feature, you may be limited by custom roles defined by your organization and set up by your administrator. See Custom Roles for privileges and check with your administrator to set up roles specific to your work.
This video was created using Business Analyst web app, where the user experience and workflows are identical to Community Analyst.
When working with Smart Map Search, it is useful to select a location on the map. You can view a specific location such as an address or you can zoom in to an area and use different geography levels including state and county. See Navigate the map to change the map background, zooming in or out, printing, and so on.
- From the Create Maps from Data tab, click Smart Map Search.
- Click Get Started in the Smart Map Search dialog box.
You can check the Skip this in the future check box to bypass this introduction page and go directly to Smart Map Search.
Choose up to five variables
You can search for variables by entering a variable in the Search all variables text box such as population or income.
Search by category, favorites or saved list
Use the options to find the variables. Click a category to access the Data Browser.
- Category—Provides variables that are grouped in categories.
- Favorites—Lists your favorite variables. The Favorites tab is populated by variables that you have indicated with yellow stars.
- Saved List—Displays the criteria lists you have saved.
Browse all variables
Click Browse all variables.
Set your ranges
Once you've made your selection, the variables are applied and displayed on the map. You can select the geographic view and use the lock feature to set the view, use the sliders to adjust the variable range and save the criteria.
You can choose the geography level for your analysis from States, Counties, ZIP Codes, Census Tracts, and Block Groups. You can use the lock to set the geography levels for your maps. By default, the map is displayed in the geography based on the zoom level and updates when zooming in or out. You can set the analysis geography by locking and unlocking geography levels by clicking the lock icon. .
You can use the Current Map Extent drop-down menu, which is the default, or you can select study areas on the map to filter your Smart Map Search results to the specific area.
Small geographies are not available at all zoom levels. When zooming out, a pop-up window appears indicating that the selected geography can't be viewed at this scale. You must zoom in to make the geography visible.
You can use the sliders to adjust your results or uncheck a variable to remove it from the map. Changes appear immediately on the map.
To save your criteria list, click Save Criteria. The Save Criteria dialog box appears for you to name the list. Once saved, the list appears in Saved List.
View Results Table
With the results of the search, you can use the table for a different view of the criteria with the ability to view by number or graph. You can also change the transparency and color, and save.
- Click View Results Table.
- Hover the pointer over an item in the table and the corresponding area on the map is highlighted.
- Hover the pointer over an item in the graph and the corresponding area on the map is highlighted.
The Transparency slider allows you to change the transparency percentage of the map view.
- To change the transparency, use the Transparency slider.
- Hover the pointer over the transparency line and slide it to the left to decrease the transparency percentage or to the right to increase the transparency percentage.
You can change the overlay color of the map.
To change the colors in the legend, click the color. A color palette appears.
Click a color and the map changes.
Export to Excel
You can export the results of your search to an Excel file.
- Click Export to Excel.
For the United States, only the first 100 block groups can be exported. For Canada, only the first 100 dissemination areas can be exported.