STICS: Mapping Census 2000 Tool


The goal of the Spatial Trends in Coastal Socioeconomics (STICS) website is to increase awareness and access to socioeconomic data by providing multiple tools to analyze and generate reports. In one easy-to-use application, STICS offers georeferenced demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau for the last four censuses (1970, 1980, 1990, 2000) and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data (1969 to 2000). The types of data accessible include population, age, racial and ethnic composition, income distribution, residential mobility, personal income, and employment data.

What Is It?

Census 2000 Mapping is an ArcIMS site that allows users to access and query an extended set of 2000 Census variables by geographies such as blocks in Coastal Zone Areas, Block Group, Places, Zip Code Tabulation Area, Voting Districts, Counties, States, and Watersheds through an interactive map. Components include the following:

  • Data Query and Download
    A tool that can be used to browse, sort, or choose the extent of the data and create a data set for download
  • Mapping Census 2000 Tool
    This allows users to view several Census geographical areas and provides Census 2000 data with more variables than what is offered in the trends database
  • Summary Profile Reports
    By geographic area of interest, allows users to create a standard profile report highlighting U.S. Census data or U.S. BEA data.
  • Custom Graphic
    Produces a custom graphic based on user-selected geographic, temporal, and variable parameters
  • Significance Test
    Determines the statistical significance of the difference in distribution of two study areas
  • Documentation/Metadata
    Offers comprehensive documentation, data dictionaries, and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata
  • Assessment Reports
    Provides several assessment reports with focus on coastal areas


  • The tool allows users to query data and allows visual analysis of data trends. Users can download the data and information results from their queries.


  • Requires high speed Internet. Knowledge of Census data and experience using query strings is advisable.

Expertise Needed

Knowledge of basic social science, statistics, mapping, and census data would be valuable in using this tool.

Types of Data Needed

Data are provided by the program.

How Do I Get It?

STICS can be obtained at 

Related Tools

Tools that can be used with it (the results of one tool may feed the other - interoperability), might compliment it (though not dependent the tool may help understand another aspect), or may be similar (similar functions but maybe different costs, locations, etc..). 

Related Methods

Use of data that was collected by individuals other than the investigator. This includes newspapers, census data, maps, etc. Secondary data analysis is often a starting point for other social science research methods.

Contact Information

The tool is available on the STICS Web site.
The site was developed by NOAA?s Coastal and Ocean Resource Economics (CORE) program

For more information
Dr. Vernon R. (Bob) Leeworthy
Peter C. Wiley