Data Websites

Favorite data websites

Courtesy of Grant STEPs Consulting Group

Hunting for data can be painful.  Especially when you know you’ve seen that magic number somewhere, but can’t find your way back to it.

Here are some of the websites we use most frequently at Grant STEPs to find the most useful data for supporting our community needs assessments.   If you have a favorite website to recommend, or if you find a dead link below, please let us know at  Thank you!

Our data tip for grant writers – when looking for data for a community needs assessment, use the word “disparities” in your browser search.   Example:  disparities developmental disabilities Kansas ethnicity

The U.S. Census, demographic data for the nation, states, counties, cities, ZIP, and congressional district.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Income and economic data for the nation, states, counties, and cities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Employment and price data for the nation, states, counties, and cities.  Includes average salaries paid by job description, so you can find an estimate for the cost of an IT specialist to include in your grant budget.

Health data for Kansas counties and state aggregates.

Health data for Sedgwick County Kansas.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, data on children’s health by state and nationally.

Kansas State Department of Education.  Historical enrollment data by school and school district, including number of children receiving special education services and free/reduced lunches.

National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Too amazing to describe.  You’ll have to do the tour and see for yourself.  Thank you Kat Franchino, our grant-writing colleague in Montana!

Sedgwick County Kansas health data.

State health data from 2010, for all states and counties.

The Kauffman Family Foundation, health data by state for adults and children.

Centers for Disease Control, data for diseases and conditions

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, a multitude of links to state, county, and local health data.

Trust for America’s Health, data from 2009, key health indicators and public health funding indicators.

Kansas Labor Information Center, Kansas unemployment data by state and MSA, and wage surveys.

If you’ve ever needed to include the dollar value of volunteer time as an in-kind contribution, here’s where you can get that estimate for your state.

State health profiles and health measures.

Hunger and poverty data by county.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service.  Find out if you live in a food desert, as measured by four indicators., state, and county poverty data by age, disability, and gender.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Includes data on economic impact, physical/mental health, and impact on children of victims of domestic violence.

From CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development), data by state and issue, for poverty, financial well-being, and economic policies.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, poverty data by county.

Type your ZIP and get a myriad of data about your neighborhood.

Monitors more than 100 indicators that focus on risks and positive developments for children.

The Office on Women’s Health, health disparities by race, condition, and indicator, by state.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Kansas Association of Community Foundations

Brookings Institute, Data Resources for States and Metropolitan Areas