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Check back frequently for news about new features that you can find on SparkMap, tips on data, first peeks at new datasets, inspiration for workflow and tool highlights, and of course – more stories of how SparkMap can be used in your organization.  

New Census 2020 Redistricting Data Available!

Sep 1, 2021

On August 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released the most comprehensive set of data yet from the 2020 census. Demographic data was released at the “census block” level, which is the smallest unit of geography the census defines for public use (see below resource for more information) .

COVID-19 in Your Community: Get the Latest Data

Aug 19, 2021

As we witness COVID-19 variants sweep through the country, we recognize that data for decision-making is more important now than ever. Learn more about what’s happening in your world with data around COVID-19 Vulnerability, Vaccinations, and Hospitalizations.

FEMA National Risk Index

Jul 28, 2021

What are the riskiest disasters that communities should be prepared for and where should resources be allocated? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a new index – the National Risk Index – to help communities mitigate disasters with more specificity.

U.S. Drought Monitor (or, It’s a Dry Heat)

Jun 28, 2021

One of our frequently updated datasets, Drought Intensity from the U.S. Drought Monitor, is unfortunately coming into greater use as drought conditions intensify across the United States. Learn more about the dataset and it’s uses.

Environmental Data and Park Access

Jun 10, 2021

Research, and personal experience for many, has shown the positive relationship between time outdoors and our physical and mental health. Learn how to use the Map Room to access environmental data and make the case for parks in your community.

Understanding Access to Mental Health Resources

Jun 1, 2021

In order to maintain positive, long-term mental health outcomes in communities around the nation, organizations and governments need access to up-to-date, reliable, and accurate data to effectively allocate resources, programs, and training opportunities for those who need it most. Read this blog to learn how to use SparkMap tools and resources to build a case for funding.

The American Rescue Plan Act

Apr 29, 2021

With a relatively sudden influx of federal dollars for communities to allocate, it will be crucial for decision makers to use relevant and reliable data to make informed decisions. SparkMap’s data and analysis platform is a crucial resource for helping local governments identify the needs of their communities.

ZIP Code Data Now Available in the SparkMap Assessment

Apr 27, 2021

For the first time ever, SparkMap is offering ZIP code breakouts for nearly 100 of our indicators. Get data for every ZIP code in your assessment area – view alongside our dynamic data visualizations or download for offline use.

Explore the intersection of poverty and education: SparkMap’s Vulnerable Populations Footprint Tool

Apr 8, 2021

Identify Vulnerable Populations with the SparkMap VPF Tool and help change health outcomes in the communities you care about.

COVID-19 Spread and Long-Term Consequences

Mar 18, 2021

COVID-19 has severely affected the economy, health, and mental well-being of every community around the United States. SparkMap provides real-time data sharing, analysis, and visualization—key strategies for an equitable and speedy recovery. This blog shows how our map and assessment tools are used to understand COVID-19 cases and its consequences.