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What does it cost to subscribe to the Texas Connector?

For information on how to subscribe to Texas Connector, please contact: texasconnector@austin.utexas.edu

*Applicable sales tax will be collected at checkout

What data will be in the Texas Connector?

Organizational Information

The Texas Connector displays nonprofit and service provider information derived from both the 2-1-1 Texas and GuideStar USA, Inc., Texas datasets. The date of the last update and the source information for each organization mapped in the Connector can be found in the Organization Details by clicking on the View More Details link.  (To learn how to search for organizations and view “Organizational Details” in the Texas Connector, click here.) Additionally, Texas Connector users who affiliate themselves with a nonprofit organization, foundation, or faith-based entity can update the information displayed about their organization in the Texas Connector. Users who are affiliated with eligible organizations (i.e. nonprofit organizations, foundations or faith-based entities) not currently mapped in the Connector can also add their organization to the map. Click here to learn more about editing or adding organizational information into the Texas Connector.

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Demographic and Socioeconomic Data

The Texas Connector contains a variety of demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from governmental and other sources, displayed in clickable map overlays, and an extensive underlying database of statistical data from which customized reports can be generated.

Demographic and socioeconomic map overlays are derived from ESRI Map Services’ 2010/2015 Updated Demographics. Additional information regarding data sources can be found by clicking on the More info icon beside each map overlay.

Geographic boundary layers are derived from a variety of governmental sources.  Additional information regarding the specific source(s) of  each geographic boundary can be found by clicking on the More info icon besides each boundary layer map overlay.

Custom Demographic and Socioeconomic Reports generated through the Query Map tool contain 2011 Census data.  Information regarding the processing and preparation of these data, as well as confidentiality protection, non-sampling error, definitions and the dispute of 2011 Census counts can be found at the bottom of each customized report.

Important Disclaimer Regarding U.S. Census Data:  The U.S. Census data used in this tool comes from the continuously administered American Community Survey (ACS), which surveys a subset of the population. Responses are collected over a period of time from a randomly selected sample of households. Along with techniques used to derive characteristics for the whole population from the responses of the sample population, the Census Bureau employs a variety of disclosure avoidance techniques to protect individual responses. Due to the nature of the data collection process, there is a level of uncertainty associated with the data. The Census Bureau releases an associated margin of error for each ACS data item to assist users in drawing conclusions about the data; however, the margins of error are not included here. Unlike the decennial Census, which attempts to provide a complete count of the population, the ACS was designed to provide estimates of the characteristics of the population. Because of this, the Census Bureau recommends that users compare derived measures such as percentages, means, medians, and rates, rather than estimates of the population totals. These  data are provided by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin "as is" and without warranty of any type. Responsibility for their use lies solely with the user.

Texas Connector Features

The Texas Connector was developed by and for nonprofit sector stakeholders who engage in collaboration building, strategic planning and investment, infrastructure analysis, fundraising, grant writing and research. Helpful features include:

  • Map Controls: Interactive controls in the Connector map allow users to easily navigate using a mouse, keyboard, touchpad or built-in navigation button.

  • Road Map and Aerial Imagery: Toggle between a road map and aerial photography.

  • Boundary Layers: Overlay scale-dependent boundary layers on the Connector map as well as generate custom demographic/socioeconomic and organization reports by boundary layers. The following boundaries are currently available:

    • Counties
    • Zip Codes
    • City Limits
    • Texas Senate Districts
    • Texas House Districts
    • U.S. Congressional Districts
    • Disaster Districts

  • Civic/Volunteer Layers: Clickable layers of civic engagement data, including volunteerism, civic engagement and charitable giving for Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

  • Education Layers: Clickable layers of education related data from Texas Education Agency, including public schools, public school adequate yearly progress, public school dropout rate, public school completion rate, number of students with other economic disadvantage, percent of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, number of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, and total lunch reimbursement. Much of this information is available at both the school district and at the individual school level.

  • McNair Foundation Transportation Overlay: Clickable layer of public transit information, including bus and rail stops and routes for Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

  • Overlays of Selected Demographic and Socioeconomic Indicators: Toggle colorful demographic and socioeconomic indicator layers to visualize community characteristics and needs related to income and population. Each overlay also displays a scale-dependent legend for easy analysis at any level. Current overlays include 2010-2015 estimates of:

    • Population Density
    • Population Change (1990-2000)
    • Median Age
    • Median Household Income
    • Unemployment
    • Median Net Worth
    • Recent Population Change
    • Median Income
    • Labor Force Participation
    • Median Home Value

  • Location Search: Navigate the map to a specific location by typing a city or county name, a zip code or an address.

  • Organizational Data Search: Search Texas Connector’s database of over approximately 170,000 nonprofit organizations, foundations, faith-based entities and other community resources derived from 2-1-1 Texas and GuideStar USA by organization name, service type or keyword.

  • Detailed Organizational Profiles: View organization snapshots and detailed profiles of nonprofits, faith-based entities and other service providers including address and contact information, services provided, hours of operation, operating budget, service areas and more. Users can also add an organization to Favorites and link to Google Maps to generate driving, walking or biking directions.

  • Customized Organizational, Demographic/Socioeconomic and Location Reports: Generate detailed reports of the organizational, demographic and location data for geographic regions of interest, including service area of an organization, city, county, zip code, school district, federal or state legislative district, circular area within distance of a point, or user-drawn shape.

  • Service Coverage Density Analysis: Analyze the density of service coverage in a given region using this innovative “gap analysis” feature.

  • Print, Download and Email Maps and Data: Print maps or custom reports, and download data for use in other electronic applications.