ArcGIS Community Analyst

What's New in ArcGIS Community Analyst (June 2020)

The June 2020 release of ArcGIS Community Analyst has arrived just in time for the Esri User Conference! Highlights of this release include the ability to run multiple infographics for multiple areas at the same time (what we call Batch Infographics), add normalization variables such as population or consumer expenditure to Void Analysis, use standard geographies in Custom Data Setup, new infographic report templates and more. There are many new features in this release (link at the bottom of this blog), but I’m only going to focus on a few of my favorites alongside and the 2020/2025 Esri US Demographics Data updates.

Here are the June 2020 updates that will be highlighted in this blog:

Batch Infographics

In the March 2020 release of ArcGIS Community Analyst, we introduced side-by-side comparisons to view a single infographic for up to ten areas. Now you can run multiple infographics for multiple areas at once, then export up to 100 at a time as a zip file. With this feature, we’ve also included an Export toggle option so you can export your infographics without having to first run them individually.

For example, imagine you created an infographic for your retail business that spans across many stores. You could first run a single infographic to review information for all of your stores, then turn the Export toggle on and click the “Export All” button to run infographics for each of your stores.

Void Analysis Normalization

Void Analysis gives you the ability to analyze areas to identify gaps compared to a reference area. In the past, the data used was limited to businesses and services. In this release, we’ve added normalization variables, such as population, households, or consumer expenditure. Adding normalization variables provides additional context to determine if a true gap exists, or if there are simply fewer identified businesses because fewer people live or work in the area.

Standard Geographies in Custom Data Setup

There is a new Add Data option in the Custom Data Setup to let users configure data as standard geographic boundaries. This option allows you to set up layers as standard geographic boundaries, such as county and state. These layers can be combined in Community Analyst with Esri data in infographics, reports, and analysis workflows.

Enhanced Map Reports

Your exported PDF map reports have never looked better. With a new and improved appearance, you can now generate professional-quality map reports using vector basemaps for better detail and higher resolution directly from Community Analyst.

New Infographic Report Templates

There are many new infographic templates that are now available in Community Analyst with this release. Two of my favorites are the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact Planning Report and the Race and Age Overview. These two infographic templates are both informative, including data such as population with no health insurance and population distribution, and visually stunning.

2020/2025 Esri US Demographic Data Updates

With this release, the updates made to Esri’s United States demographics and data are now available directly in ArcGIS Community Analyst. The June 2020 release includes Esri 2020/2025 demographic forecasts including U.S. population, income, households, consumer spending, Tapestry Segmentation, and more.

The following are the data categories that have been updated:

To read more about the data included in Community Analyst and how often it’s updated, you can read more on our ArcGIS Community Analyst data documentation page.

About the author

Jordan Cullen is the group lead for the ArcGIS Apps Product Marketing team at Esri and the Senior Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS Business Analyst. Alongside an extensive background in software marketing and multichannel communications, Jordan has a passion for analyzing consumer behavior and market trends, creating strategic content and captivating concepts, and helping the best customers in the world along their unique product journeys.

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