How to make your own ‘blueprints’


The blueprints to create a new neighborhood, the new home, or even the next big thing are all there.

And they’re easy to make.

We’re sharing the best ways to make them and give you a way to learn more.


Pick a neighborhood: You need to pick a neighborhood for your map, and if you can, start there.

The more you know about your neighborhood, especially its history and demographics, the better.

A map that includes more than just the census tract will also help you make sense of the surrounding area.

For example, if you know that the neighborhood where you live has more people of color, then that neighborhood might be less likely to attract millennials.


Get a copy of the census bureau’s “blueprints” report: The census bureau publishes these blueprints every five years, and they’re often more detailed and helpful than you may expect.

And when you get a copy, you can make notes.

You can also search for neighborhoods in your area, using Google Maps or Bing Maps.


Make your own map: You can make a quick and easy-to-use map with your computer or mobile device.

And the more you use it, the more accurate it becomes.

For instance, you could make a simple one-dimensional map that shows a neighborhood’s demographics.

Or, you might want to add a few details like how many houses are there, the number of schools, and how many cars pass through.

If you don’t want to get a real-time map of your neighborhood from the bureau, you may want to look at maps online or on the Census Bureau’s website.


Use your computer to make the map: This might sound like a good idea, but your computer might be limited to the kind of things that can be easily done with a pen and paper.

You’ll need a spreadsheet to make it, and the software might not let you edit the data on it.

Instead, you’ll need to use Google Maps, Bing Maps, or a third-party app.

For more detailed information, see our map making guide.


Create your own neighborhood map: If you’re a designer, the most important thing to keep in mind is that your map should be aesthetically pleasing.

If it doesn’t, you’re likely to get some criticism for your work.

(For instance, people might point out that your maps don’t match the neighborhood they live in.)

You can take a page out of the bureau’s blueprint, but if you don