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Evaluate Demographic Data: States, Cities, ZIP Codes & Neighborhoods

Demographic data is indispensable in developing an understanding of different communities.

HOW TO FIND:

  1. COMPREHENSIVE DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION for a specific city, town, or ZIP Code, simply select a state gazetteer and then view the profile for the location of interest. The state gazetteers offer multiple methods to browse or search for specific cities, towns and ZIP Codes.
  2. A WITHIN STATE RANKED LIST of cities & towns, counties, or ZIP Codes, first select the state of interest and then navigate to the Census Data Comparison Tool near the bottom of the home page for the state gazetteer.
  3. A NATIONALLY RANKED LIST of cities & towns, counties and ZIP Codes , use the Demographic Data Comparison Tool for Cities, Towns & ZIP Codes.
  4. A RANKED LIST of STATES by key demographic data, use the Demographic Data Comparison Tool.
    Compare Selected State Data
    Data:
    Highest or Lowest:


    Also: Compare Selected City, Town, County & ZIP Code Data
  5. NEIGHBORHOOD DEMOGRAPHIC DATA, use the Neighborhood Data Tool.
    Address Based Hyperlocal Data Input an address and get data & demographics for the pertinent census block group (CBG), a searchable map and a customized directory. The CBG is the smallest geographical unit used by the Census Bureau for reporting certain data.


    A similar form is mid-way down the home page of the state gazetteers.

Research Neighborhoods

HomeTownLocator has developed a neighborhood research tool where you simply input an address of interest and then instantly obtain a two-page report for the neighborhood. The report includes a map, demographic data for the Census Block Group, applicable school attendance zones and a customized directory for the location.

Address Based Hyperlocal Data Input an address and get data & demographics for the pertinent census block group (CBG), a searchable map and a customized directory. The CBG is the smallest geographical unit used by the Census Bureau for reporting certain data.

You'll also find a Neighborhood Research Tool about mid-way down the home page of each of the HomeTownLocator State Gazetteers.

Interactive Maps & Boundary Maps

Boundary Maps

The HomeTownLoctor State Gazetteers have boundary maps for:

  • Incorporated cities, towns and villages
  • Census Designated Places (CDPs)
  • Counties and county equivalents (LA Parishes & AK Boroughs)
  • School Districts & School Attendance Zones
  • ZIP Codes

Interactive Maps

  1. Which Schools? The interactive state map in the top-level page in the schools section of the state gazetteers allows you pan and zoom-in to find an area of interest. When you click on the map to place a marker, the schools that serve that location are identified. In addition, this map and all other maps in this section, have an address form field in the upper left. Input an address in the form and you'll find what school zones are applicable for that address.
    Select State for Schools
  2. Which County? The top-level page in the maps section of each state gazetteer is an interactive county map that works in a similar fashion to the schools map described above. Pan and zoom-in to an area of interest and mark the spot with a click. You'll immediately have the county identified. You can also input an address in the form in the upper left and do the same thing.
    Select State for Counties
  3. Which Congressional District? The interactive Congressional District maps in each state gazetteers work just like the other two maps described above. You can zoom-in and place a marker with a mouse click or you can input an address in the form in the upper-left.
    Select State for Congressional District
  4. Which ZIP Code? All of the maps in the ZIP Code section of the state gazetteers (xxx. hometownlocator.com/zip-codes/) are interactive. You can input an address in the form in the upper-left and find the applicable ZIP Code.
    Select State for Zip Codes

Rank Cities, Towns & ZIP Codes

Within State Rankings

Using the Census Data Comparison Tool found here (or near the bottom of the home page of each state gazetteer), you can rank the top (or bottom) 200 cities, counties or ZIP Codes by:

  1. Population
  2. Population Density
  3. Diversity Index
  4. Average Household Income
  5. Per Capita Income

Note that when viewing the profile for any incorporated city, town village, Census Designated Place (CDP), county or ZIP Code, at the bottom of the individual profile for that location is data about how that area compares to it's within state peers. Both the peer rank and percentile is included with every profile.

National Rankings

Using the National Census Data Comparison Tool, you can rank the top (or bottom) 200 cities, counties or ZIP Codes in the U.S. for the five key demographic data items used for the within state rankings.

Compare Selected State Data
State:
Data:
Highest or Lowest:


Also: Compare Selected City, Town, County & ZIP Code Data

Maps & Driving Directions

The series of HomeTownLocator State Gazetteers have maps showing the location for 2.2 million physical, cultural and historic features such as bays, beaches, capes, falls, airports, bridges, hospitals, harbors, parks, etc.

Each state gazetteer has a top-level navigation tab that lists the number of different types of features in the state. You can browse alphabetical lists by feature type and you can also search for features by name.

You can also browse feature types by county.

There is a link to driving directions the map for each of the 2.2 million features.

Research Public Schools

The Schools section of each state gazetteer has information public and private schools, school districts, school attendance zone boundaries with maps.

You can:

  1. Find Schools by Name
  2. Find Schools by City
  3. Find Schools by ZIP Code
  4. Find Schools by County
  5. Use an interactive map to zoom-in and locate a particular place and when you click on that location, the applicable schools will be identified.
  6. Input an address into a form in the top-left above any map in the school section of the state gazetteer and the applicable primary school, middle school and high school will be indicated.

Select State for Schools

School Profiles

Each school profile has contact information for the school and school district, the number of students, teachers and the student-teacher ratio, the lowest and highest grade in the school and the number of students by grade level.