Community Dividend

Brookings launches two interactive data tools

Published October 1, 2010  | October 2010 issue

The Brookings Institution recently launched two online, interactive applications that depict an abundance of socioeconomic data. The first application, the State of Metropolitan America Indicator Map, uses the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey to portray key dimensions of demographic change for the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. Users can customize the map's display by selecting from an array of more than 300 social, demographic, and economic characteristics. The map will be updated annually as new Census Bureau data are released. To try out the map's features, visit

The other new application, EITC Interactive, provides ZIP Code-level data about tax returns and EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) recipients throughout the United States. Users can create spreadsheets and maps by selecting from multi-tiered menus of geographic locations and tax-related variables. EITC Interactive also features a User Guide and Data Dictionary section that explains the site's workings and terminology. To explore the application, visit