Research Guides

Finding Data

This is a guide for finding demographic, economic, social, health, and environmental data sets that you can analyze, visualize, and map.




National Center for Health Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Data & Statistics

National Health Interview Survey  This site provides data, documentation, questionnaires, input programs, and publications based on the survey for 10 years, including many supplements. Most of these and older years are also available from ICPSR.

Center for Population Health and Health Disparities  Associated with the RAND Corporation, the CPHHD Data Core compiles a large number of health-related measures. These data focus on population and housing characteristics (largely drawn from the U.S. Census), the aging population, cost-of-living variables, pollution, and neighborhood "connectivity."

Health and Medical Care Archive  Includes data related to healthcare personnel and staffing, healthcare delivery, chronic illness, and access to healthcare services.


State Health Facts  State comparisons of health status, poverty, insurance coverage, topics in minority and women's health, HIV/AIDS, care costs, and Medicare/Medicaid issues. Most data for the current year only.

Disability Statistics  Up-to-date disability statistics and reports based on Census data. Flexible search, extraction, and display features.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  Links to cost and service utilization data related to Medicare and Medicaid programs. Many tables down to the county level.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive  SAMHDA provides tools to access and use research data and is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)  Demographic and environmental datasets. Click through to the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) for data on environment quality, sustainability, and human-environment interaction.

EPA Developer Central Data Finder   Access to environmental data organized by subject.

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)   Data related to climate and historical weather trends and events.

New York

NY State Department of Health - Statistics and Data  Wide variety of compiled data on vital statistics, accidents and injuries, nutrition, health care services, and other public health topics.

Community Health Assessment Clearinghouse  Statistics on population, perinatal health, mortality, causes of hospitalization, and disease morbidity.

NY State Office of Mental Health - Statistics and Data  County and state-level tables on client characteristics, funding by program type, psychiatric center admissions.


Demographic and Health Surveys  A series of surveys conducted in over 60 countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central America, and the Middle East. Surveys measure family characteristics, health status, and household wealth.

World Fertility Survey