[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]
The U.S. Census Bureau generates so much credible, useful data that it can sometimes be difficult to locate relevant data and format it for easy presentation to your audience. To help with the distribution and promotion of their data, the Census Bureau offers free data visualizations that you can download and add to PowerPoint slides, proposals, reports and other documents.
The visualizations come PDF and JPG formats. Some visualizations also offer the snippet of HTML code you need to embed the graphic in your web page or blog post. I’ve used the embed code to add the graphic at the top of this post.
I find the visualizations related to economics and finance, such as income and poverty, are the best and most widely applicable.
Others can be cheesy and of dubious value, such as a map of U.S. town names containing the word “Liberty.”
The vast amount of census data guarantees that you want always find a visualization of the data you want. On balance, though, these visualizations offer you three main benefits:
- They are based on quality, independent data.
- They are already built for you.
- They are free!