Load custom data into map

Discussion created by dpschni0 on Nov 16, 2012
Latest reply on Nov 20, 2012 by KGerrow-esristaff
So I'm new to ArcGIS and am wondering how one loads their own data into maps.

For instance, if you can consider the 'Crime Comparison' map, which shows statistics for states, counties etc. depending on zoom level. For simplicity, let's just consider states.

I have data X for each state and want to display it in a similar map, where if you click on any state it shows my data instead of the crime data. I have no idea how to do this or where other maps are even pulling their data from, and none of the ArcGIS Online tutorials explain how this is done.