How to put my own data on a county map?

Discussion created by pussinboots on Nov 28, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 1, 2011 by pussinboots
I'm new to this forum and to Arc GIS.  I have a free trial version of ArcMap10 and ArcCatolog10.  I'm trying to creat a county map with my own data.  For example, in Pennsylvania, I have something like this in Excel

County Name     Numbers to Map
Philadelphia       10
Montgomery      20
Chester              5

So on and so forth. 

I tried to add my data to the county map template that comes with ArcMap but I couldn't edit the map.  Then I downloaded a shapefile here http://www.esri.com/data/download/census2000-tigerline/index.html.  But there is no map. 

This is driving me crazy.  I'm sure I'm missing something.  Just don't know what I'm missing.  Could someone help me please?  Thank you so much!