Watch a quick overview of the Tables feature here:
The Tables feature allows you to view data as a bar graph or chart that can compare values across multiple geographies. Parts of this feature are only available to subscribers.
There are two ways to create a table:
- Click the Tables link at the top left of the maps page, enter locations in the Location Search bar, and load data from the data menus or Data Search bar.
- On the Maps page, use the See Tables button in the Info Bubble on the map page. When created from the Info Bubble, the table will also load the data layer from the map and all of the geographies in the Info Bubble.
Use the location search bar to add additional locations to compare in your table. You can delete any location by clicking the X symbol next to the name of that location.
Once you have your list of geographies to compare, you can then change the data layer you are viewing by selecting a new data layer from the menu above. Note: N/A for a geography indicates that data is not available.
You can also add point datasets to see details on the points within each geography in the table.
Data Legend - Use the legend to toggle between available years or variables. In some cases, data is not aggregated to specific types of geography, e.g. Zip Codes, School Districts, etc. When source data is not available for a specified geography type, data from smaller geographies may be aggregated to estimate values for the specified area. Count (number) variables can be aggregated; other variables such as percents cannot. Click on "See Values" to see values for the smaller geographies.
Trend Chart - Once a data layer is loaded, users can use the legend to toggle through any available years. To view the trend select Across Years. Not all indicators have multiple years of data.
(A trend chart of the percent of all home loans made that were insured by the government between 2004 till 2011.)
See Values: Users can get a list of all the values of data for all the smaller geographies that exist within an area.
In the example below, See Values will show the population of all the states in the US, or population of each county in the state of Oregon, census tracts in the city of Portland, and block groups in that census tract.
Learn more about the See Values feature.
Subscribers have the ability to load custom regions onto a table to see aggregated counts. The Tables function does not calculate other variables (e.g. percentage, currency, or percent change), but will offer a See Values list to show the data for the geographies that make up the custom region. To add a custom region to your table, open the My Custom Regions menu on the bottom right.
See List: If a point dataset is loaded in the table, the See List feature will display all the points that are contained in each geography. Users can then download a CSV file which will contain all the data for the sites. NOTE: Unlike Data Layers, users can load multiple Data Points on to the Table to query and generate a list. Simply add additional point datasets from the data menu above.
Learn more about the See List feature.
Ranking: The Ranking feature allows subscribers to see where a location ranks among other geographies within a single dataset. Rankings will allow you to see geographies that rank above and below it, and also give you the top and bottom 10 locations in that dataset.
Finally, tables can be saved, printed, or downloaded. Select the icons in the upper right corner.
All saved tables be will saved to your My Saved Work page.
Data Download in Tables is similar to the Maps page, with geographies in each location available for download.
To read a full guide on all features on PolicyMap, please look at our Primer.