Esri Adds Community Analyst to Educational Site License Program

Students Provided with Easy-to-Use Tools to Better Understand Local Issues

December 5, 2011

Redlands, California—Students in colleges, universities, and K-12 schools throughout the United States now have access to Esri Community Analyst through the Esri educational site license program at no additional cost.

Community Analyst includes demographic, health, economic, education, and business data variables for the entire United States, allowing students to study individual neighborhoods within their own communities or compare their communities to benchmarks such as national averages.

"Community Analyst is a great tool for my demographic analysis course," says Dr. Thomas Mueller, Department of Earth Science, California University of Pennsylvania. "My students can visualize demographic characteristics on an issue such as poverty in a neighborhood or other location of interest. It allows the students to apply the topics in my class to the real world."

Community Analyst also introduces students to Esri Tapestry Segmentation data, which offers insights into people's behavior and lifestyles. Tapestry classifies US residential neighborhoods into 65 unique market segments based on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics and provides a deeper understanding of a community than demographics alone.

"Community Analyst greatly simplifies the mapping and analysis of demographic data," says Angela Lee, Esri's libraries and museums solutions manager. "With it, students with no previous mapping or GIS experience can do sophisticated analysis of community needs with only a web browser."

More than 900 colleges and universities throughout the US and K-12 schools in 15 states have Esri educational site licenses, providing access to Community Analyst for hundreds of thousands of students for use in class projects and research papers.

Because Esri hosts Community Analyst in the cloud, students do not need to install software or manage data, and they always have access to the latest features and data updates.

Existing educational site license holders should contact the Esri site license administrator at their institution for instructions on accessing Community Analyst.

For more information about Esri's educational site license program, visit

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