SocScape - providing acess to high resolution grids

SocScape (Social Landscape) is a research project which provides open access to high resolution (30 m) population, subpopulation (separate race/ethnicity group) and racial diversity grids for the entire conterminous United States for 1990, 2000, 2010. This project has been developed in the Space Informatics Lab ( at the University of Cincinnati by dr Tomasz Stepinski, dr Anna Dmowska and dr Pawel Netzel. 

High resolution grids are available for download using SocScape - GeoWeb application or SocScape data website, which provide data for counties and MSA. For more information please see also the SocScape user guide and SocScape tutorial: "Working with demographic grids in QGIS." 

Download SocScape data flyer

SocScape – exploring U.S population/racial composition online

Null SocScape is a GeoWeb application for exploring and detecting change of population density and racial diversity over the entire U.S. It allows to download data for selected region (up to 100 000 km2).
Data availability: total population and racial diversity grids for 1990, 2000, 2010


SocScape data – downloading data for counties and MSA

NullSocScape data website provides data for each county and for 363 MSA as a zip archive. Data are saved as GeoTiff and shapefiles (change map) and can be opened in GIS software (ArcGIS, QGIS).
Data avalability: total population, subpopulation (race/ethnicity), racial diversity grids for 1990, 2000, 2010. Change maps are available for urban areas within 363 MSA for 1990-2000, 2000-2010, 1990-2010 comparison.


Gridded-based racial dot map

Racial dot maps are calculated based on 2010 high resolution demographic grids for each county in the conterminous U.S. Data are organized as a zip archive for each state in the conterminous U.S. Each zip archive contain racial dot maps for counties in this state.

Racial dot map includes seven separate racial/ethnicity groups: (non Hispanic) whites, blacks, Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islander, group who declared "Some other race" and Hispanic origin regardless the race category. Racial category is stored in race_cat field in the attribute table.

For more information please see also the Tutorial: "Working with racial dot map in QGIS". 

Download data
Download R script for calculation racial dot map from gridded data


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