To do mapping, it is best to use Census 2000 data using the legacy American FactFinder.
- Go to the legacy American FactFinder.
- Choose Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data / Thematic Maps.
- Under Select a geographic type, choose County.
Wait for the interface to redraw.
- Choose your state and county of interest. Click on Show result.
- By default, the theme displayed on the map is TM-P004A. Percent of Persons Who Are White Alone: 2000.
To choose another theme, click on Themes at the top next to You are here.
Choose a theme which includes percent, x per y, median, average, or rate. Avoid choosing e.g. Total Persons or Persons Who are White Alone.
- From the drop-down box just above the map labeled Display map by, choose Block Group.
This will change the geographic areas displayed on your map to Block Groups (instead of County Subdivisions, i.e. townships and the like).
- To display the boundary of the city or town (i.e. Place) that you are interested in, click on Boundaries and features at the top left under Change...
- On the default Boundaries tab, check Boundary only for: State, 2000 County, 2000 Census Tract, and 2000 Block Group and check both Boundary and Label for: 2000 Place.
- Zoom in to the Place that you are interested in.
- If your map is too cluttered, return to Boundaries and features.
On the Features tab, consider checking Feature only for Major Road and Stream, Waterbody. Click Update.
- Using Change... Data Classes, you can change the number of classes and the colors.
- Use the i tool above the map to get the data for a particular geographical area on the map.
- Using the bread crumbs at the top next to You are here, you can change your geography by clicking on Geography or change the data represented on the map by clicking on Themes.