Improved Census Blocks Maps for Dense Urban Areas

Some planners have big projects in dense urban areas, and they need a Census block map with labels. The current Cubit Planning record is a project with over 954 Census geographies (blocks, block groups, tracts, counties, places and state).  We’ve heard from you lucky researchers who have these large projects that the current Cubit Census block map is difficult to read. So we’ve changed how these Census block maps work. Try the new maps for free!

New Census Block Maps

Census Block Map of Houston, Texas
Map Key: Census Block FIPS Labels By labeling Census Blocks as A1 instead of by their FIPS numbers, maps of dense urban areas are now easier to understand. Below the map is a key that shows Census Block A1 = FIPS number.

If you have a paid Cubit account and a project that you’ve already created, you’ll need to click on the Edit Project button and then Save to refresh your maps to see the new labels and the map key.

Other Changes

  • Maps are faster. We’ve changed our loading message from  “Loading… good things come to those who wait… for up to 60 seconds.” to “Loading… good things come to those who wait… for up to 30 seconds.”
  • You print the map and the shapefile from the /project page instead of the data report page.

This summer we’ve been focused on improving Cubit’s maps based on feedback from our users–like the earlier Geocoder addition. Please yell at us in the comments or send me an email with how we can improve maps specifically & Cubit in general.

Got a bigger project than 954 Census geographies? We’d love for you to beat our current record holder. Not sure how many geographies are in your project area?Use Cubit for free, and it’ll tell you how many geographies are in your project area.

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3 Responses to Improved Census Blocks Maps for Dense Urban Areas

  1. Ashley September 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    The problem with using FIPS numbers is the average reader of an EA wants to see the terms Tract, Block Group, or Block before the number on the map and table rather than the FIPS code, so the maps and the tables may have to be redone for simplicity/readability.

  2. Kristen Carney September 27, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Do you have any data to support this? For example, a survey showing the preferences of “average readers of EAs”?

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