Creating Areas Using Standard Geographies

Learn to create areas based on census geographic units, also known as standard geographies, using a list of geographic names or codes.

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Creating Areas from a Single Geography
Creating Areas from Multiple Geographies 

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Creating Areas from a Single Geography
It is recommended to create a single area to serve as a benchmark, to which you can compare other geographies. The first section of this article will show how to create a single geography of an entire country.

1. In the side panel, click My Data > Areas.

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2. Click Create Area(s) - Standard Geo List.

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3. Tiles for each level of geography will appear. Select the Canada tile (or USA if working in ENVISION USA Workspace).

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4. Select Canada again and a checkmark will appear once it has been selected. In the ribbon at the top of the page, select Save (1 selection).

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5. Verify the selected geographic areas and click Next Step.

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6. In this window, change the Area Name, add an Area Description, and add any Tags. Click Create.    

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You will receive a status message indicating that the area has been created.

7. Navigate to My Data > Areas to view your recently created area(s).

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Creating Areas from Multiple Geographies

Multiple geographies can also be combined to create one area. The areas you choose do not have to be contiguous, but ENVISION will still treat them as one single area. This section of the article will aggregate several locations to create a non-standard geography.

1. In the side panel, click My Data > Areas.

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2. Click Create Area(s) - Standard Geo List. Tiles for each level of geography will appear.

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3. Search by name or code or select a level of geography you would like to use.

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4. Select the Province in which the Census Divisions are found. Select the Census Divisions to create the aggregated non-standard geographic area.

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Note: If you are in an ENVISION USA workspace, States and Counties are the equivalent geographic units.

5. In the ribbon at the top of the page, select Save (# Selections).

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6. Verify the selected geographic areas and select Next Step.

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Note: You can remove any extra areas by clicking the 'x' next to its name. To add another area, you would have to navigate back to the previous list.

7. In this window, change the Area Name, add an Area Description, and add any Tags. Click Create.    

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Note: Turn the Available in all Workspaces switch on if you wish to use this area in all your workspaces.

8. Click Create. You will receive a status message indicating that the area has been created.

9. Navigate to My Data > Areas to view your recently created area(s). 

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