Inhabitants of New York City have an improved online tool at their disposal thanks to the Department of City Planning. A new mapping tool, called the NYC Census FactFinder, was announced by City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden on Aug. 2. The tool was updated to include 2010 census data, and the interface was redesigned using the NYCityMap platform.

Users can explore the city by neighborhood or census tract (generally several city blocks) and get age and racial breakdowns. Users can also see how many people rent and how many people own property in a given area or compare 2010 census data with data from 2000.

“The NYC Census FactFinder is one of the most frequently used tools on City Planning’s website, and I am happy to release this new and greatly improved version,” Burden said in a press release. “Sifting through census data can be a daunting task. Now, New Yorkers can easily find demographic information and, for the first time, view changes in their communities with this simple tool that will be familiar to anyone who has used ZoLa, our interactive land use map, or NYCityMap. NYC Census FactFinder is the latest initiative in which we are improving the ways that our award-winning website serves the public.”

The project was developed with the help of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Further upgrades to the project will be completed later this year, including demographic, socioeconomic and housing profiles from the most recent American Community Survey.

The NYC Census FactFinder can be accessed through the City Planning website.