In the left menu click on Geographies and an overlay window will appear.
The choices in this window will shorten the list of geographies available for selection.
Filtering or searching by more than one topic will leave geographies that satisfy every selection you have made.
The selections you make in the Geographies overlay window do not impact your selections in the main AFF window until you finalize them.
The list of available geographies will reflect any selections you have already made in the main AFF window.
Shorten the list of available geographies by using one of the following tabs
LIST, NAME, ADDRESS, or MAP.
-List has a menu of the most common larger geographies; choose a geography and select names
-Address produces a list of all geographies that contain the address that you search.
-Map has a map display of geographies you select from menus.
-Name allows for filtering by geographic type, searching by name or combining these techniques.
Use Name to get many areas or when working with geographies that are numbered rather than named.
Using the Name Tab
- Using Filter Options (on the left edge of the overlay window)
- Particularly useful if you are looking for areas that are numbered like tracts.
- In choosing filters you start by specifying the level you want for your data and then specifying the coverage area, e.g. tracts data within a county.
- Use the Geographic Type filter to choose the level of geography you want.
- If your geographic level does not show then look in the Summary Level filter.
- After the first choice, filters for specifying the coverage areas are displayed.
- If you are picking a relatively small reporting area, for example tracts, it is best start filtering at a high level, say Within State and then make a second selection for a smaller coverage area.
- Geographic tables are presented for specific locations (e.g. Williamsville Village or tract 2 in the Bronx) or for groups of geographies (e.g. all tracts in the Bronx). You can use the radio buttons just below the Geography Filter options to select between these types of tables.
- Using the Search box
- Enter the name of the location and be as specific as you can; for example to find the town of Amherst search Amherst NY rather just Amherst.
- Take advantage of the auto complete feature.
- The name you search can be for either the specific location you want or, the name of a coverage but for a coverage are use only when you want all geographies within that area.
Finalize your selections
- Make selections from the list of available locations by checking the box to left of any location you want to choose.
- To finalize a selection use the Add button found above the list of choices. You can do this at one time for all your choices or one at a time.
- When your last selection has been made close the Geographies overlay window to return to the main AFF screen.