Esri Demographics

What's New in Esri Demographics (September 2018)

The September ArcGIS Online release includes demographic updates for several countries. Read on to learn more about the demographic data. Or jump ahead to learn how these updates affect you.


Canada data is being released in two phases. Most data are released in September. A small remainder of CensusPlus and HouseholdSpend data, as well as updates to premium Living Atlas maps, are released in Q4 2018. Read more about this release in What’s New in Canada Demographics (September 2018).

United States

Asia and Europe

The following countries are being updated with new demographic data, and improved Settlement Points methodology has been implemented.

Other Improvements

The following 28 countries are receiving improved Settlement Points methodology which can impact how data is apportioned. Settlement Points are an estimate of likelihood of settlement at low geographic levels (approximately 75m grids). They are used in the aggregation engine (in the GeoEnrichment Service) to apportion and summarize data for both standard and custom areas. While there are no updates to the demographic data, the improvements may result in differences to demographic analysis performed in the following countries.

How will these updates affect me?

For the Ready-to-Use Living Atlas Maps User within ArcGIS Online

Demographic layers and maps for Estonia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand are updated. The premium Canada demographic maps in the Living Atlas will be updated with 2018 data in Q4 2018.

For the Business Analyst and Community Analyst User

Business Analyst and Community Analyst users can access the updated data through reports, infographics, and maps. The complete attribute list for each country is accessible through the data browser contained in the application.

For the Data Enrichment user in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Maps for Office

The September 2018 update provides access to the datasets shown above. For a detailed explanation of new or deleted attributes in datasets, see the relevant sections above.

For the Developer using the REST endpoints of the GeoEnrichment Service

The underlying datasets of the REST endpoints of the GeoEnrichment Service were updated in September 2018. Some of the changes to the REST endpoints included in this release are:

  1. Changes to the layer IDs of the administrative/statistical boundaries.
  2. Changes to the layer names of the administrative/statistical boundaries.
  3. Changes to attributes/analysis variables including additions and deletions.

Because of updates to the underlying data, users of the GeoEnrichment Service may need to update these items in the query parameters of REST requests to the service from their apps. To view the updated REST endpoints, you will need to access the GeoEnrichment Service with a developer or organizational account, using a token request.

About the author

Lucy Guerra has over 20 years of experience as a product manager, working with organizations to understand their business challenges and shaping products to address those challenges. She focuses on enhancing the user experience with quality data, and leads a team focused on bringing to market, and driving awareness of, Esri's data and location services.

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