50-State Demographics Wizard
Create custom tables of national- and state-level statistics on low-income or poverty-stricken children. Variables include parental education, marital status, home ownership, residential area and race/ethnicity. The National Center of Children in Poverty at Columbia University manages this database.

American Communities Project
This project reports on non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, Hispanic and Asian population data. Use the data to learn about the racial/ethnic composition of a city or metropolitan statistical area or to determine differences in residential patterns of one ethnic/racial group in relation to another. The Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research and Brown University’s Initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences created these reports.

American Community Survey
View data for a range of parameters, including income, fertility, commuting to work, homeowners with mortgages, poverty, relationships, education and employment. You can search for national and state-level data, as well as by region and place (available only for geographic areas with a population of 65,000 or more). The data for 2009 became available at the end of September, and is posted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Click here for an example of a story based on information available in this data set.

Census Data Simplified
Investigative Reporters and Editors in collaboration with journalists from several media outlets have done some of the census exploration grunt work for reporters so “they can spend ┬áless time importing and managing the data and more time exploring and reporting.” Browse data by tracts, places, counties, county subdivisions, states or for the entire country.

An online source for housing and demographic data about your community, your region, and the nation.

Income Inequality
View data on income inequality in the 818 largest counties in the United States. Search by address or zip code. ProPublica hosts this database.

Food Environment Atlas
Search through county-level statistics on food choices, health and well-being and community characteristics; the U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains this database.

Yearbook of Immigration Statistics
Straight from the Department of Homeland Security: A collection of tables displaying data on foreign nationals who were granted legal permanent residence, entered the United States on a temporary basis, applied for asylum or refugee status or were naturalized in the last fiscal year. Also included is information on the deportations and prosecutions of illegal immigrants.

IRS Migration Data ($)
Track movement in and out of counties, and gauge whether your community is gaining or losing wealth. This database is managed by Investigative Reporters & Editors.

State & County Quick Facts (U.S. Census Bureau)
Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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