New and Updated Features

Updated 10 months ago by PolicyMap



Map Extent

The Map Extent feature allows users see how data layers ranges are represented locally. The default cut points for ranges are for the national range, so the map extent changes the data range for just the area they are viewing within the window.

Multi-Layers OR Function

Users can select the OR function in the legend to change the query for the data layers to the "overlay". This will over the overlap of data layers. The OR function introduces colors and patterns to show how 1, 2, or more data layers might over lap. The OR function can show more information about the surrounding area of the places that met the AND function.

Data Loader

The data loader allows users to load address-level data from a spreadsheet file to view in PolicyMap. Once loaded, users can use the dataset with other PolicyMap data and features. Learn how to use the Data Loader.

Modal Data Download

Premium subscribers can use the Data Download Modal to download for the US or any place in the country in file formats that can be used to build your own database or directly input data into another tool or software.

Sidebar Data Download

The Data Download Sidebar allows all users to quickly download CSV formatted files for all public datasets directly from the map.

Print Download

Print downloads are saved in your sessions to download for up to 4 days. Use the to manage downloads saved in the sessions. Users can re-download or delete saved downloads.


The sidebar feature allows users to view data in a tabular format, view trend charts to compare years, and even download data for the location selected.

Isolate Ranges

Ranges can be isolated and shown individually or with a group of ranges. Use the Layers legend to select the range or ranges to display.

Customized Base Maps

Customize and even change the base maps using the Base Map Settings. Select the gear icon on the bottom right of the map to access the menu.

From the menu, change the base maps and use a light, terrain, or even a satellite option. Each base option has it's own group of features and labels to add or remove.

Boundary Customizations

The Boundaries legend allow users to add and remove labels, as well as customize the line type, line width, and color for each boundary. This option allows users to display multiple boundaries and show differences between each boundary.

Shaded By Lock

The geography data is aggregated on the map is the "Shaded By" in the legend. As you zoom in or out, the geography of the shaded by might change to the county, zip code, census tract, and finally block group level.

The icon will lock the Shaded By, allowing users to zoom in and out without the data recalculating for different geographies.

Points Legend Customizations

The points legend lets any points dataset be customized with the option to change the icon size, shape, and color. This allows users to display multiple points dataset and give each datasets its own look.

The points search allows user to find any address in the extent of the map that matches the text entered. The points search can also be used to isolate any points that contain the text entered.

Clip Feature

The Clip feature allows users to visually isolate data to a specified location. The map will only show data layers and data points for the clipped location. Use the clip feature in a printout/export also.

Edit Custom Regions

Custom regions can be edited to change the area, shape, or coverage. For assembled custom regions, users can add and remove places; for radius regions, users can adjust the radius or move the centroid, and for drawn custom regions users can move the boundaries.

Use the custom region info bubble and select Edit Shape to begin editing.

Multi-Layer Maps

The Multi-Layer Maps tool allows users to overlay up to 5 data layers, create custom ranges for each in the legend, and the map will show only places that meet the criteria set. This gives users the ability to quickly find places that meet set criteria.

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