Search for a geography by entering a geography name or by using geographic filters. Enter a geography name in the geography search box and a drop-down list of possible search terms displays. Geography filter options let you refine the list of geographies you can choose from based on criteria such as geography type or summary level, or whether a geography is contained within another geographic area.
Search for a Geographic Area by List
Other geography Search Options
You can search for geographic areas using the geography search box located on the top-left of the overlay. Searching for a geography name will update list of geography search results based on your search criteria.
To search for a geographic area by name:
1. Click the geographies button on the left navigation bar to open the Geographies overlay.
2. Click the name tab at the top of the geography overlay.
3. Enter the geography name into the geography search box. As you type the geography name, a drop-down list displays under the search box listing a few possible matching geographic areas. You can select an item from the drop-down list, or continue typing the geography name you are searching for.
4. Click GO.
The geography name you entered is added to your geography filters and the geography results pane of the geography overlay is updated.
5. Add geographic areas from the geography results pane to your selections by clicking the hyperlinked geography name, or by checking one or more checkboxes next to the geography names and clicking the Add button.
6. Close the geographies overlay by clicking the geographies button again, or by clicking the close button in the upper-right corner of the overlay.
The data search results are updated to show only the data matching the filters in your selections.
To search for additional unrelated geography filters, clear your geography filters by clicking the clear all filters button, or by clicking the individual remove filter buttons . For example, after selecting filters for the State of Texas a text search for Alabama will reveal no results. You need to remove the filters from your geography filters and then search for Alabama.
You can search for geographic areas using the filter options in the “Geography Filter Options” pane. Navigate through the filter options by expanding and collapsing the filter groups and subgroups. Clicking on a filter option will add it to “Your Geography Filters”, and the geography results pane of the Geographies overlay will be updated to show geographies that match the filters you’ve selected.
Geography Filter Options that you can use to find geographies include:
■ Geographic Type – commonly requested geographic areas, such as states, counties, cities and towns.
■ Summary Level – detailed list of geographic types for which census data are reported.
■ “Within” filters – shows geographies contained within another geography. For example, if you expand the Within State filter group and select Alabama, the geography results pane is updated to show only geographic areas in Alabama.
To search for a geographic area using filter options:
1. Click the geographies button on the left navigation bar to open the geographies overlay.
2. Use the expand and collapse buttons in the geography filter options pane to expand and collapse filter groups.
3. Click a Geography filter option to add it to your geography filters.
The filter you selected is added to your geography filters and the geography results pane of the Geographies overlay is updated. You can add additional filters from the geography filter groups or enter search terms in the geography search box to refine your search.
4. Add geographic areas from the geography results pane to “Your Selections” by clicking the hyperlinked geography name, or by checking one or more checkboxes next to the geography names and clicking the Add button.
5. Close the Geographies overlay by clicking the Geographies button again, or by clicking the close button in the upper-right corner of the overlay.
The data product search results are updated to show only the data matching the filters in “Your Selections”.
To search for additional unrelated geographic areas, clear your geography filters by clicking the clear all filters button, or by clicking the individual remove filter buttons . For example, after selecting filters for the State of Texas a text search for Alabama will reveal no results for Alabama. You need to remove the filters from your geography filters and then search for Alabama.
For more information about how to use filters to find data in American FactFinder, see Searching by Categories.
A geographic component is the portion of a geographic area (e.g., Texas) that meets a location-based test such as in a metropolitan area or in a rural place. For example, the geographic component of “in metropolitan area” for Texas combines the land area of El Paso, TX MSA, San Antonio, TX MSA and all other metropolitan areas in Texas into a single collective identity.
The Census Bureau recognizes about 100 different geographic components, with most focusing on urban/rural or metropolitan/non-metropolitan distinctions. Geographic components are only available for some types of geographic area (e.g., state, region). The specific geographic components available for one geographic type may be different from those available for another geographic type.
Click the Show Geographic Components checkbox to enable searching and selection of geographic components from the geographies overlay.
American FactFinder organizes data for millions of different geographic areas. To help system performance, geography search filters have been divided into three levels of detail:
■ Show most requested summary levels – This is the default search index and provides the best performance. It contains the most popular geographic types.
■ Show all summary levels – This index contains all summary levels except Blocks. Using this index results in slower response times.
■ Select individual blocks – This index allows you to search for and select Census Blocks for the specified vintage (2010 or 2000).
Use the Radio buttons above the Geography Results pane on the Geographies overlay to change the index being used by American FactFinder.
American FactFinder uses predefined groups of geographies to make it easier to select commonly requested geography selections such as “All states in the United States” or “All Counties in Alabama”.
Use the radio buttons under “Include in results” to display all geographies, only individual geographies, or only groups of geographies in the Geography Results Pane.
You can search for geographic areas using the following geographic code types:
■ FIPS codes – Federal Information Processing Standard
■ ANSI codes – American National Standards Institute codes
■ LSAD codes – Legal / Area Statistical Description
■ FIPS class codes – Federal Information Processing Standard class codes
Select a code type from the drop-down list and enter the code you’re searching for. Click GO. The code you entered is added to Your Geography Filters, and the geography results pane is updated.
See Searching with Keywords to see search rules and error messages.
Select Geographies using an Address
Select Geographies on a Map
Search Using Topics
Search Using Race and Ethnic Groups
Search Using Industry Codes
Search Using Geography