Data is the raw information that is analyzed to create statistics, or interpreted data. Data can be numerical, or qualitative (interviews, opinion data, etc).
Use official state, county and city web sites for information about your community, like government structure and elected officials.
The U.S. Census Bureau will also have local information. You can access data from the U.S. Census by using American FactFinder. A short video walking through using American FactFinder is located above. Attached, you can find a short guide on finding community data from the U.S. Census Bureau.