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GeoLytics' CensusCD software products are so easy-to-use, you almost don't need a manual or a user guide. With 5 simple steps, we can have our users selecting variables and running reports in minutes. Most of our products are based on the same simple Windows interface.

1. First, Select the Area you want to study such as a state, a county, a zip code, or even a radius around a point. The area is the largest unit of analysis, so it covers the total territory of your research area. We have 22 levels of geography to pick from in our various products to meet the many needs of our diverse business, academic, and government customers.

2. Second, Select the Subarea, which is the level of geography that you want to analyze your data and make comparisons. Thus, if you want to compare counties in a state, pick your Area as State (then choose a state) and click on Counties as your Subarea. You must always select a Subarea, except for the Neighborhood Change Database and the Block products.

3. Next, you need to Select the Counts (Variables) from the Counts Menu. Click on Counts and choose the group of tables you want to look at. From the "Tables" window choose the category of the demographic information that you want, for example "HH Income" (household income). In the "Counts" window, click on the variables that interest you - in this case click on the 5 household income buckets for $75,000 and higher. When you are finished selecting your variables, click "Done".

4. In order to Save Your Data, you must name your file. The file name must be 8 alphanumeric characters or less. Under file, open "Save request as" and name your new request file. If you do not give your file a name by using the "Save request as" function, your work will automatically be saved under the file "noname" in the appropriate CensusCD folder.

5. Finally, all you need to do is Run a Report by choosing the type of report that you want. The options include Summary, DBase, ASCII, and Map. You can use the report that you create as an input into other software packages such as SAS, SPSS, Excel, Access, ArcGIS, and MapInfo.

Searching for a VARIABLE or Census COUNT

The key to doing any census-based demographic analysis is finding the correct variables from the census counts to answer your research questions. CensusCD Products have a built-in "Search" function that helps you look for and select the types of tables and variables that you need. The search key looks through the counts and returns a list that matches the search word. Then you select the variables that you want and add them to your counts window by clicking on them.

A Map of New York Population
Distribution created from
GeoLytics' built-in Map Viewer
in CensusCD 2000 Long Form

Using the MAP VIEWER

When you create a map with a CensusCD product, you can use the map viewer to view, edit, save, and print graphic visual displays of your data that you create. The map viewer also enables users to export data and boundaries for use in other mapping software packages such as ArcGIS and MapInfo. For an extended discussion on using the map viewer, please consult one of user guides that are included in your purchase or it can be downloaded from the web site (click here).


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