A New Year with PolicyMap – New Data and Features!

New Year – New Data!

We are ringing in the New Year with new and updated data on PolicyMap and celebrating the innovative ways in which new clients are bringing data rich maps to their own websites!

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)

The most recent mortgage data from HMDA is now available for you, for free, on PolicyMap. As one of the first indicators we began providing our users, this update now allows you to explore how markets have changed between 2004 and 2010 – or any time period in between. Data is available down to the census tract giving you a good, on-the-ground picture of the markets in which you work.

HMDA’s definition of “high cost” and “prime” loans, however, changed in 2010 making it inaccurate to compare these two particular indicators to previous time periods. As a result, we give you information for 2004 through 3rd quarter 2009 and then provide you with a separate look at 2010 for these two indicators.

You can check it out by going to PolicyMap and clicking on the Lending Activity tab along the top of the map. Zoom in to your area of interest, click to an area to see its actual values or use the Table feature to make comparative charts. Subscribers can also access an updated Mortgage Report allowing them to draw a custom region and pull out mortgage information for a particular area of interest. Check out this and all reports by signing up for a 7-day free trial.

Area Median Income (AMI) for 2012: HUD’s latest release of AMI data for the nation is now available. You’ll find it for free under the Money and Income tab. The data, released annually by HUD, is available for County Subdivisions across the nation back through 2008.

National Center for Educational Statistics: Check out the Education tab to find a significant amount of new data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), relating to elementary and secondary education in public school districts. All new data is available for school districts and includes:

  • Pupil/Teacher Ratio
  • Graduation Rate
  • Total Revenue from Local, State, and Federal Sources
  • Total Expenditures per Pupil

Check out our blog for more information on these datasets and other updates including monthly unemployment and bankruptcy rates.

In the News!

American Public Media’s “MarketPlace” hosts unemployment widgets powered by PolicyMap. The widgets, full of unemployment data for states and metros, are updated monthly bringing their readers the most current unemployment data available. December 2011

Citi Community Development (CCD) launches a new data mapping tool powered by PolicyMap. CCD’s PolicyMap Data Tool provides Citi’s community partners and stakeholders with an interactive map showing demographic data, housing statistics, education trends and information about jobs and the economy. The information is provided in an easily-accessible and user-friendly way. November 2011

The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), with support from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and in partnership with the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment, the National League of Cities and the New America Foundation, launches a new-and-improved Bank On website and selects PolicyMap as the platform to power its interactive online maps. October 2011

The Florida Public Health Institute and the Community Health Network launches an interactive mapping tool to clearly identify areas that are at risk of poor health due to a lack of access to health care facilities. The new interactive map, powered by PolicyMap, highlights clinics and healthcare facilities by location and cross references them with several demographic and other indicators to tell the “visual” story about the county’s health needs and resources. October 2011

For More Information

Interested in having data rich maps on your own website? Just contact us. Remember, the data warehoused in PolicyMap is accessible to you not just through the www.policymap.com application but can be pushed out to your own website through widgets or the Data API. Already have Google or Bing maps on your website? Need to make them more valuable to your users by adding relevant data? Just give us a call at (866) 924-MAPS or info@policymap.com.

Look for more data and feature updates soon and happy 2012!