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Use MapWindow to Figure Out Census Tract by Cities
Use MapWindow to Figure Out Census Tract by Cities
Use MapWindow to Figure Out Census Tract by Cities
Use MapWindow to Figure Out Census Tract by Cities
Use MapWindow to Figure Out Census Tract by Cities
Use MapWindow to Figure Out Census Tract by Cities
Use MapWindow to Figure Out Census Tract by Cities
Use MapWindow to Figure Out Census Tract by Cities
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Use MapWindow to Figure Out Census Tract by Cities

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Step-by-Step instructions with photos of how to using MapWindow, a free GIS, to figure out what Census Tracts are in a Ci

Step-by-Step instructions with photos of how to using MapWindow, a free GIS, to figure out what Census Tracts are in a Ci

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  • 1. How to Figure Out Which Census Tracts Are in a City Using MapWindow<br />Double click on the MapWindow icon on your desktop to get started. Add the shapefiles that you downloaded from the Census Bureau to MapWindow by clicking on the Green Plus button. <br />Order the data so that the places are on top of the tracts by clicking on the places layer in the Legend and dragging it on top of the tracts layer. <br />Right click on the Places Layer & click View Attribute Editor.<br />Sort the Places Name ascending by right clicking on the column heading of Name10.<br />Click on the blank box on the left most column next to the city that you want to get data for to highlight that row. Then click Selection at the top of the screen & then click Export Selected Features. <br />Click ok. Then Click Yes to Load the New Shapefile.<br />You now have a shapefile of just the City that you want to figure out tracts for (see the green shape below). <br />Zoom to your city<br />I tried to move forward, but I kept getting errors. So I looked at the shapefile that I created, & there was an error in the .dbf file (it has a red x on it). Hopefully this won’t happen to you, but if it does, now you have 2 options. You can edit the DBF using OpenOffice and get the MapWindow insertion utilities to work. I don’t want to mess with editing the DBF; because it’s now 11:00 pm at night, and my example project is super small. But it would be the option that you’d need to take if you have a large city—like New York or LA. <br />Let’s say you get the DBF working. There are several GIS Tools in MapWindow that you can use to calculate which Census tracts are in your City. I’d probably use Identity of Shapes with Polygon first. <br />But if you’re like me and don’t want to or have to get the DBF working, try this. Right click on the City layer and click on Properties.<br />Scroll down & change the transparency percent to 50. Close Properties.<br />Right click on the Tract layer and click on Label Set up.<br />Click on TractCE10 and save. Tada! You now have Census Tracts for your City.<br />

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