The data resources found below are organized into National, Regional, and State resources. Resources can be found related to: census data, economic indicators, health, housing, income, labor force, population, poverty, rural broadband, and transportation.
500 Cities: Local Data for Better Health
The 500 Cities project is a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation. The purpose of the 500 Cities Project is to provide city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States. These small area estimates will allow cities and local health departments to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables in their jurisdictions, and assist them in planning public health interventions.
AARP Livability Index
The Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Topic(s): Housing, neighborhood, transportation
Annual 2020 United Van Lines National Movers Study
United Van Lines’ National Migration Study Reveals Where and Why Americans Moved in 2020.
This resource gives individuals the ability to create beautiful digital narratives using ArcGIS StoryMaps with the new Storyteller user type. This user type is ideal for people who solely want to make stories by embedding shared ArcGIS content from their organization or by creating their own express maps. Often, people who work in marketing, communications, public relations, or other content creation roles use the Storyteller user type. This user type can only be added to organizations that already have a Creator or GIS Professional user type.
Topic(s): Story maps, data visualization
Area and Road Ruggedness Scales
The USDA, Economic Research Service’s (ERS) Area and Road Ruggedness Scales data product provides measures of topographic variation, or “ruggedness,” for census tracts across 50 States and Washington, DC. Building on USDA, ERS’s longstanding work on geographic classifications, the data product serves as a resource for researchers, Federal agencies, policymakers, and practitioners working to better understand and address issues of rural development and demographic change, as well as individual and community well-being.
Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America
The Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America by USDA Economic Research Services, provides statistics in the following broad categories of socioeconomic factors: people, jobs, county classification, income, and veterans.
Topic(s): Socioeconomic indicators
Broadband-Related Extension Programs
Database of Extension Programs addressing Rural Broadband access, adoption, economic impacts, and smart agriculture
Topic(s): Rural Broadband
Bureau of Economic Analysis: Regional Fact Sheet (BEARFACTS)
BEA Regional Fact Sheet about personal income and gross domestic product.
Topic(s): Personal income, gross domestic product
Center for Business and Economic Research Data Center
The CBER Data Center makes data collection simple, visual, and easily accessible. We’ve collected the latest data sets from trusted primary sources, including BLS, BEA, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Our economic web tools transform overwhelming walls of numbers into a format that is organized, attractive, and useful for people ranging from grant writers and economic developers to community leaders and informed citizens.
Topic(s): Economic indicators and impact
Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability
The Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability provides national data dashboards across four primary categories: food prices, food production and supply, consumer food spending and consumer preferences (attitudes, knowledge and beliefs).
Community Data Tool
The Community Data Tool provides data sources related to population, economy, health, environment, transportation, agriculture, housing, poverty, businesses, education, quality of life, employment, rural areas and many others.
Community Development Data Dashboards – Federal Reserve Bank Philadelphia
The community development data dashboard provides insight into economic and housing conditions and trends in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. Some data sets are available for neighborhoods, while others show data at the borrower or household level. Often, this kind of information is presented for a city, region, state, or the U.S. as a whole. By reporting trends and conditions by income category this resource can help shed light on the experiences of LMI communities within a given geography.
Topic(s): Economic and housing indicators and impact
Community Economic Analysis: A How To Manual
This manual addresses three key questions at the local level: 1) What are the current economic conditions in the community? 2) What components of the community have been growing or what components have been declining? 3). What are the community’s options for improving its economic future and which of those options should be pursued first?
The manual provides tools to address these questions about community’s economy such as Reilly’s Law, Trade Area Capture, Pull Factor, Potential Sales, Location Quotient, Shift Share Analysis, National Growth Component, Industrial Mix Component, Competitive Share Component, and Employment and Income Multipliers with easy-to-understand examples.
Topic(s): NAICS codes, SIC codes
Congressional District Health Dashboard
The Dashboard provides actionable measures of health and its drivers calculated at the congressional district level, showing users how their district is doing on health outcomes, social and economic factors, and more. Most data on health, the drivers of health, and health equity are organized at the county, state, or, more recently, city level.
County Connectivity Landscape Dashboard
This dashboard provides 2018 county connectivity landscape overview in an effort to better inform extension professionals as they plan online programming.
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.
Data USA allows users to explore, map, compare and download U.S. Data.
Topic(s): Population, poverty, land value
Digital Divide Index
The Digital Divide Index is composed of two scores: the infrastructure/adoption (INFA) score and the socioeconomic (SE) score.
Distressed Communities Index
The Distressed Communities Index (DCI) is a tool for measuring the comparative economic well-being of U.S. communities and helps illuminate ground-level disparities across the country. The DCI is derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Business Patterns and American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for 2016-2020, and sorts zip codes into quintiles of well-being: prosperous, comfortable, mid-tier, at risk, and distressed. In all, the DCI captures more than 99 percent of the U.S. population and 26,000-plus zip codes with at least 500 residents.
Economic Profile System
The Economic Profile System is a free, easy-to-use tool that provides access to 17 socioeconomic reports. Customized reports are available for U.S. communities, counties, and states and can be downloaded as Excel or PDF files.
Economic Profile System reports are based on credible public data sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Interior, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Data are updated continuously.
Topic(s): Socioeconomic reports
Economic Opportunity Maps
The Economic Opportunity Mapping (EOM) Tool is a series of interactive online maps that allow users to visualize potential economic opportunities for businesses in different industries across the United States. It also provides county summary statistics.
Topic(s): County data
Economy at a Glance
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produces Economy at a Glance pages at the national, regional, state, and metropolitan area levels. The data displayed in these pages are assembled from different surveys and programs conducted by BLS. The Economy at a Glance pages are refreshed with current data every time any of the source programs releases new statistics. This typically occurs 7-9 times per month.
Food Environment Atlas (Economic Research Service)
The current version of the Food Environment Atlas has more than 280 variables, including new indicators on food banks and nutrition assistance program participation rates. All of the data included in the Atlas are aggregated into an Excel spreadsheet for easy download. These data come from a variety of sources and cover varying years and geographic levels. The documentation for each version of the data provides complete information on definitions and data sources.
Topic(s): Food banks, nutrition assistance program participation
Household Pulse Survey
The U.S. Census Bureau, in collaboration with multiple federal agencies, launched the Household Pulse Survey in 2020 to collect and disseminate near, real time data on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergent issues. It has evolved to include content on other emergent social and economic issues facing households. Beginning in December 2022, the survey added a “natural disaster” module, asking respondents about their recent experiences with extreme events like hurricanes, floods, and fires.
Topic(s): Household, natural disasters, social, economic effects
IPUMS provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space. IPUMS integration and documentation makes it easy to study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community contexts. Data and services available free of charge.
Topic(s): Census data, population, microdata, health, housing
Kids Count Data Book for 2020 (The Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Tracks overall child well-being on 16 key indicators across the United States.
Topic(s): Child well-being
Measuring Communities is a “social indicators” initiative aimed at shaping community efforts to support military and veteran families. The initiative is intended to focus and propel community action, help communities track their progress and sustain attention to military issues. The goals include developing a system of indicators that address military “friendliness” in communities and facilitate dialogue about indicators that should be attended to and measured. Measuring Communities provides users with access to data tables, charts and maps for more than 100 variables across 10 domains, including health, education, housing, legal, economy, demography and community. Most data are available for all 3,109 counties in the continental U.S.
My Tribal Area
The Census Bureau collects data for the American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) population and publishes specific counts, estimates, and statistics. My Tribal Area gives you quick and easy access to selected statistics from the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS provides detailed demographic, social, economic, and housing statistics every year for the nation’s communities. My Tribal Area is powered by the Census Application Programming Interface (API). Source: 2017-2021 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
Topic(s): demographic, social, economic, and housing
National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
State Open Data Portals.
Native Tourism Research & Data, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)
Offers a variety of data resources: Economic Impact of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians (AIANNH) Tourism, State of Indian Country Tourism, Domestic & International Tourism to the United States, Global Tourism, Native Economies.
Net Migration Patterns for U.S. Counties
Understanding the dynamics of rural population change is key to effectively addressing current and future challenges. Hatch Multistate Research Project W4001: Social, Economic and Environmental Causes and Consequences of Demographic Change in Rural America has pioneered the use of integrated, data-intensive, scientific methods to identify solutions for rural community resilience. After discovering that rural populations are shrinking due to young adult outmigration, fewer births and increased mortality, project members created a database that details county-level, age-specific net migration trends.
Topic(s): Population, migration
PLACES: Local Data for Better Health
The PLACES Project is a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the CDC Foundation (CDCF). PLACES will allow counties, places, and local health departments regardless of population size and urban-rural status to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related outcomes in their jurisdictions and assist them in planning public health interventions.
Rural Data Gateway
The primary purpose of the dashboards is to inform stakeholders how many dollars of financing Rural Development (RD) is providing for housing, infrastructure, local businesses, and other community development projects, and how effective RD’s outreach is to communities in need (represented here by investment in Socially Vulnerable Communities). The investment data on the Overview Dashboards focus on these top-level metrics and can be filtered by state and fiscal year from 2012 to 2022.
Rural Data Portal
The Housing Assistance Council’s Rural Data Portal is an on-line resource that provides essential information on the social, economic, and housing characteristics of communities in the United States. The Rural Data Portal is targeted toward rural communities, but a wide range of information is presented for the nation, states, and counties for rural, suburban and urban areas.
Rural Population Research Network
The Rural Population Research Network is a USDA supported multi-state research project on the causes and consequences of demographic change in rural America.
Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) State and County Estimates for 2018
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program produces single-year estimates of income and poverty for all U.S. states and counties as well as estimates of school-age children in poverty for all 13,000+ school districts.
Topic(s): Poverty, income
SparkMap’s Community Assessment Tool
Create complex community needs assessments and track public health trends at the county level.
Topic(s): Community needs, demographics, socio-economic factors, physical environment, public health
Stats America – USA Counties in Profile
Compare and contrast your county to others nationwide. The linked ranks provide a unique way to see counties and states when compared to everywhere else in the nation.
Topic(s): Socioeconomic, housing, income and labor force
Survey of Household Economics and Decision-making
Since 2013, the Federal Reserve Board has conducted the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), which measures the economic well-being of U.S. households and identifies potential risks to their finances. The survey includes modules on a range of topics of current relevance to financial well-being including credit access and behaviors, savings, retirement, economic fragility, and education and student loans.
Topic(s): Household decisions, credit, savings
Tourism Research Center
Between November 2019 and February 2020, farmers, ranchers, and vineyard operators throughout the U.S. completed an online survey about agritourism including on-farm sales. The goal of the survey was to better understand the types of experiences and products offered, the economic viability of agritourism enterprises, and ways to support a healthy future for producers and their communities.
Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) Aggregate Statistics
The Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) Aggregate Statistics Data File and Dashboards are the nation’s first publicly available datasets of aggregate statistics on appraisal records, giving the public new access to a broad set of data points and trends found in appraisal reports.
U.S. Census Data
U.S. Census data contained on this site can be found for each state. Tables, maps, visualizations, industry information, and data profiles are available.
Topic(s): Economy, population
U.S. Census Housing Data
This site data on housing characteristics around the United States.
YE is an annual establishment-level time-series online research tool used by academic researchers, policy makers, and economic development analysts following companies at their unique locations across the U.S. YE tracks all establishments (and their jobs), including for-profit (both privately-owned and publicly-traded), non-profits, and government from 2004-2019. YE is a true business census of the U.S. economy, and of your economy.
Topic(s): Economic data
North Central Region
North Central Region dataset (NCR-Stat)
NCR-Stat Baseline Survey includes economic and social data collected at the household level focused on a variety of topics including demographics, workforce, entrepreneurship, food security, caregiving, wellbeing, etc. The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) developed NCR-Stat to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across land-grant institutions in the North Central Region.
Dimensions of Poverty
This site is intended to provide detailed information on the state of poverty in the North Central Region of the country. Three dimensions of poverty are explored – persistent poverty, high poverty and child poverty.
Midwest Information Office
The office provides un/employment information on the state, MSA, and county level.
Illinois Data Portal
Data about Iowa and its state government, including human services, natural resources, safety, students, transportation, and workforce.
CBER Data Center
The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Data Center at Ball State University makes data collection simple, visual, and easily accessible. The latest data sets have been collected from from trusted primary sources, including BLS, BEA, and the U.S. Census Bureau.
County Health Ranking and Roadmaps
This data source provides important health factors such as how long people live, how healthy people feel while alive, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment factors.
In many Indiana counties, locating relevant demographic, education, social and economic data that can offer some insights on local conditions and trends can be challenging. In an effort to provide individuals with user-friendly county-level data on all 92 counties in Indiana, Purdue Extension Community Development has partnered with the Purdue Center for Regional Development to produce Data Snapshots that are designed to promote their use by individuals, organizations and agencies across the state.
Topic(s): Demographic, social, education, economic
Hoosiers by the Numbers
Hoosiers by the Numbers is maintained by the Research and Analysis division of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and provides data and tools to support the department’s twin goals of: 1) Aggressively empowering Indiana workers to become a highly-skilled, competitive workforce; and 2) Providing premier customer service to all internal and external customers.
Topic(s): Labor market
IARC Data Dashboard
The website showcases a core set of indicators on each of the 15 Indiana Association of Regional Councils (IARC) member regions, including industry clusters, population features, labor market indicators, broadband speeds, income and poverty measures, and more. The dashboard makes extensive use of Tableau for data visualization and allows users to copy images for inclusion in reports and PowerPoint documents.
Purdue Center for Regional Development
The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) seeks to pioneer new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity. Founded in 2005, the Center partners with public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to identify and enhance the key drivers of innovation in regions across Indiana, the U.S. and beyond. These drivers include a vibrant and inclusive civic leadership, a commitment to collaboration, and the application of advanced data support systems to promote sound decision-making and the pursuit of economic development investments that build on the competitive assets of regions.
Topic(s): County data, housing, poverty, digital connectivity
Rural Indiana Stats
RIS is designed to provide individuals, leaders, organizations and agencies with access to a basic set of data that can used to guide and inform their program and investment activities. It is designed to offer access to a core set of statistical data on Indiana’s 92 counties.
Topic(s): Housing, fiscal, socioeconomic, agriculture & forestry, and digital inclusion
Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
Conducting innovative public policy and economic research on agricultural, environmental, and food issues.
Iowa Data Portal
Data about Iowa and its state government, including communities and commerce, education, government, health and human services, natural resources, public safety, transpiration, and checkbook. Also included are Iowa economic indicators, prison statistics, executive branch employees, and campaign contributors.
Topic(s): Communities, education, economic indicators
Iowa Small Towns Project
The Iowa Small Towns Project is an integrated research and extension effort to better understand the conditions and issues facing small Midwestern communities in the 21st century. Since 1994, residents living in 99 Iowa small towns have been surveyed to learn about their assessment of local services and amenities, social conditions, participation in local organizations, and perceptions of local quality of life.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Indicators Program
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Indicators Program provides data and information for decision makers at the local, regional, and state levels. The program is composed of three signature components: a Data Portal, the Data for Decision Makers publications, and Data Literacy training.
Topic(s): Communities, education, economic indicators
Kansas State Data Center
The State Data Center (SDC) Program is one of the Census Bureau’s longest and most successful partnerships. It is a cooperative program between the states and the Census Bureau that was created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments. SCD provides data on the county level in the area of demographics, housing, business & industry, healthcare, quality of life, infrastructure, and natural resources.
Michigan’s Open Data Portal
Data provided by a variety of Michigan state agencies include data catalog (economy, education, environment, finance, geospatial data), Covid-19 response, economy and finance, education, environment, geospatial data, health and human service, and public safety.
Coping with rural stress – University of Minnesota – Extension
The new rural community stress training resources created by the Extension Center for Family Development. Designed for community leaders, teachers/trainers and others interested in learning about rural and farm stressors and strengths.
Topic(s): Health and wellness
This is a resource led by Wilder Research that offers a number of reliable profiles of places in Minnesota from a variety of data sets. It’s a comprehensive data source on Minnesota that has pre-defined profiles by place and an ability to create custom profiles. Minnesota Compass includes community profiles and related indicators: demography, place of living, and quality of life.
Minnesota State Survey
The Minnesota State Survey is an omnibus survey, which means organizations formulate and pay for questions that are of special interest to them. The questions from all participating organizations are combined into one larger mail and online survey, enabling everyone to share in the costs of the survey administration and collection of demographic information. Once the project concludes, organizations receive a report of the data. The primary objective of the Minnesota State Survey is to obtain useful and technically sound information about the knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics of Minnesota residents.
University of Minnesota – Extension – Greater Minnesota’s economy
In 2014, Extension’s economic impact analyst, Brigid Tuck, took a thorough look at Greater Minnesota’s economy. She wanted to see how Greater Minnesota fared after the Great Recession. She also wanted to describe the diversity of Greater Minnesota’s economy. She emphasized that, though agriculture and mining are still important drivers, industries such as professional services, health care, tourism and more add great vitality to Greater Minnesota’s economy.
All Things Missouri
Your gateway for interactive mapping, reports, and insights into issues facing Missourians.
Missouri Census Data Center
The Missouri Census Data Center (MCDC) is a cooperative program among state agencies in Missouri and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Its purpose is to enhance awareness of and access to public data, especially Census Bureau products. The MCDC data archive, which includes many national collections as well as Missouri-specific data, is one of the premier sites in the country for accessing census and other public, machine-readable demographic and geographic data. Data may be accessed directly, via the public machine readable data archive, or by using one of the custom applications.
Missouri County Fact Sheets
A County Fact Sheet shows the most current data from a variety of Census and other U.S. and state government sources.
Missouri Economy Indicators
Missouri Hunger Atlas
The Missouri Hunger Atlas 2019 – now in its 5th edition – visually engages readers to better understand hunger in Missouri. Through a series of indicator maps and tables, the Atlas details the extent of food insecurity in all 114 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis. The Atlas also assesses the performance of a host of public and private programs intended to help people struggling with hunger.
Nebraska Economic Recovery Dashboard (University of Nebraska Omaha)
The Nebraska Economic Recovery Dashboard is a joint project of the Planning Committee of the Nebraska Legislature and the UNO Center for Public Affairs Research to offer a visual tracking system of the state’s fiscal health through the COVID-19 pandemic and into recovery. Use the buttons below to explore indicators in the four major areas (business, economy, finance, and workforce). All indicators will be updated regularly to provide timely, on-going information during the evolving pandemic.
Nebraska Rural Poll
The Nebraska Rural Poll is an annual survey conducted by the UNL Department of Agricultural Economics in partnership with Rural Prosperity Nebraska and Nebraska Extension. Core questions are included every year; over time these core questions will provide insight about trends and changes occurring in rural Nebraska. In addition, each year rural citizens and government officials form an advisory committee that identifies key issues or topics to include in the survey. Poll findings are distributed to member of the Nebraska Legislature, staff members of the state’s congressional delegation, and other state and local leaders to facilitate their decision making.
Topic(s): Rural citizens
Nebraska State Data Center (Center for Public Affairs Research at University of Nebraska – Omaha)
The Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) is the lead agency of the Nebraska State Data Center program. This relationship has resulted in our taking an active role in analyzing and disseminating Census data
Topic(s): Census data
University of Nebraska – Research Nebraska
This collaborative search tool is being supported by all University of Nebraska campuses and Boys Town National Research Hospital to more rapidly connect biomedical, engineering, informatics, and life sciences investigators for new research collaborations.
North Dakota Compass
A project of the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University, North Dakota Compass provides reliable and consistent information needed by North Dakota’s community, policy, organizational, non-profit, and business leaders who must plan for the future in an environment of continuous change.
North Dakota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in our state, its eight regions, 53 counties, four Native American reservations, and larger cities.
Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies (HOPES) – The Ohio State University
The Center for HOPES pursues its purpose by applying strong, diverse research skills, high-quality evidence, and community engagement to pressing public health problems. We evaluate policies in terms of their impact on population health outcomes, particularly in terms of equity and justice.
Topic(s): Health and wellness
Knowledge Exchange (KX) – College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University
The KX Community Profiles offer easy access to the latest census data for all 88 Ohio counties. Explore general population demographics, housing, transportation, agriculture, livestock, crops, and more from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Topic(s): Census Data (population, transportation, agriculture, housing, the economy)
Ohio Farm Poll
Researchers at the School of Environment and Natural Resources, conducted this statewide survey in the spring of 2020. The Ohio Farm Poll documents how a random sample of representative farmers across the state were responding to the challenging weather and market conditions of 2019.
South Dakota A-Z Counties & Cities Data
The data is from the US Census and provides information about population, race & ethnicity, median income, and median age.
SDSU Census Data Center
The Center assists people in successfully accessing census data for effective decision-making and sometimes just plain curiosity. We also take on special projects for organizations that have special data needs. We develop projects and seek additional funding to provide more and better data to the citizens and communities of South Dakota. Finally, we provide training to help people more effectively use the census data and presentations about our findings using the data. Our work is informed by a state-wide advisory committee.
Topic(s): Demographic, economic, education
South Dakota Counties by Population
The data is from the US Census and provides information about population, race & ethnicity, median income, and median age.