Community Profiles User Guide
2. Selecting Your Area
2.1. Boundary Types
When you first load Community Profiles, the map shows census tracts by default. Even if you’re unfamiliar with tracts, these are a great option because
- They allow you to focus on a small, neighborhood-level geography, and
- Most data is available at this level for most years.
We offer 15 boundary types in all, so there may be something that works better for you.
Change Your Boundary Type
Use the “Choose a Boundary” panel to choose a new boundary type. Scroll through the list from left to right and click the boundary type you want to use.
There are 15 different boundary types you can use to select your area.
- Census block groups
- Census tracts
- ZIP Codes
- IndyVitals Neighborhoods
- GINI Neighborhoods
- Marion County Health Planning Areas
- Public Safety Focus Areas
- Small DMD Neighborhoods
- Medium DMD Neighborhoods
- Large DMD Neighborhoods
- School Corporations
- State House Districts
- State Senate Districts
2.2. Options for Selecting an Area
2.2.1. Click Map to Select
2.2.2. Draw to Select
Radius Around Point
To draw a radius, select the radius tool and then click a point on a map. We’ll draw a one-mile radius around that point and select the geographies that are substantially inside that radius. Move the radius slider to shrink or grow your radius. You can set the radius to 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, and 5 miles.
Radius Around Line
To draw a radius around a line, select the line tool and click the map to start the line. Keep clicking on the map to add new points to your line, and finally click the last point again to finish the line.
We’ll draw a one-mile radius around this line and select all the boundaries that significantly overlap with the radius. Use the radius slider to change the size of the radius.
Draw a polygon by selecting the polygon tool and clicking on the map define all the points in the polygon. Click the first point again to finish the shape. We’ll select all the boundaries that are substantially covered by your shape.
Editing Your Selection
After using the draw tools, you may want to add or remove some areas from your selection. Just choose “Click to Select” again to select or un-select areas.
2.2.3. Select from List
2.3. Find Address
You can search for an address with the find an address box. Search for an address and hit enter. We will drop a pin at that address. This can be a good reference point if you want select areas near a specific place, or if you want to get your bearings in the map.