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Sociology 361.01: Social Determinants of U.S. Health Disparities: Data Sources

Social Determinants of U.S. Health Disparities


SimplyAnalytics is a web-based thematic mapping application that allows researchers to explore a wide range of business and demographic data at a variety of geographies. The program provides data at a variety of levels from the nation to small geographies such as census tracts, block groups, and zip codes.

The following is only an overview of the concepts related to your assignment and research. For a more thorough overview of SimplyAnalytics, please see the "Support" drop down menu at the top of the SimplyAnalytics webpage (next to your username).  

DVS Department Information

Data and Visualization Services provides consulting services in the following areas:

  1. Data Sources
  2. Data Management
  3. Data Cleaning
  4. Data Analysis
  5. Mapping and GIS Support
  6. Data Visualization

Stop by the DVS lab, located in the Edge on the first floor of Bostock Library, during our walk-in hours to get help on your project.  You can also email us at to set up an appointment with one of our consultants.


  • Food Access Research Atlas (USDA) - presents a spatial overview of food access indicators for low-income and other census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility. Data are presented at the census tract level.
  • Food Environment Atlas (USDA) - a web mapping tool that allows one to compare U.S. counties in terms of their “food environment”—indicators that help determine and reflect a community’s access to affordable, healthy food. Data are presented at the county level.
  • Bus Routes - Transloc's "Go Transit" web app provides a convenient set of maps of the bus routes in Durham and surrounding areas.
  • City and County of Durham Open Data - Durham Open Data provides a wide range of data including crime, environment, health, transportation, and more.
  • NAICS Codes - The Census Bureau allows users to search for specific codes in their classification system.

Data and Visualization Services

Data and Visualization Services