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7 revealing maps about Philly's demographics

The Census Bureau released a new mapping tool this week that lets users easily access maps with demographic data at the census-tract level.

7 revealing maps about Philly's demographics

The Census Bureau released a new mapping tool this week that lets users easily access maps with demographic data at the census-tract level.

We took a look at the bureau's maps of the Philadelphia area, checking out how the foreign-born population, education levels, home-ownership rates, household incomes and other data vary across the city.

The maps are revealing about differences among the city's neighborhoods: They show the areas of South Philadelphia that hold some of the city's highest concentrations of older residents, and the tiny percent of older residents living in University City; the Society Hill neighborhoods with the highest incomes, and the large swaths of the city that make significantly less; and the small percentage of owner-occupied homes in most of Center City.

Click through the gallery to see the maps of Philadelphia, or check out the interactive Census Explorer tool yourself to see more details, as well as data for other areas.

All data displayed on the maps is from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. That updated data set was also released this week.

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