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Urban & Regional Planning *: Statistics

Below are links to databases and scholarly web sites that support the study of urban planning and its related sub-disciplines.


  • American FactFinder -- interactive application supports access to data from the Economic Census, the American Community Survey, the 1990 Census, Census 2000, and the latest Population Estimates.
  • Censtats Databases -- provides access to the following statistical databases; Building Permits Data, County Business Patterns Data, International Trade Data, Nonemployer Statistics, USA Counties Data, Detailed Occupation by Race, Hispanic Origin and Sex, Census Tract Street Locator and Public Law Census of Population and Housing.
  • Census Bureau -- accesses U.S. statistical information. See Census 2010, and the Census 2000 Gateway, and American Factfinder for statistical data from the 2000 census on towns, cities, counties, and states. Included are population, education, income, race, ancestry, housing and labor statistics. See Census Bureau Economic Programs for: national and sub-national economic data, sector-specific data, and some monthly and quarterly data. Includes Annual Survey of Manufacturers, Building Permits, County Business Patterns, international trade data, and much more.
  • Demographia -- this web site contains the world's most comprehensive data on large urban area population density as well as specialized data from the censuses of France, Japan, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and other nations. The site also specializes in urban development, urban land use policies, and the "New Urbanism," with data and analysis generally critical of so-called "smart growth." Provides comprehensive information from all over the world on these and many other topics related to the built environment.
  • FedStats -- an open database that offers access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government. FedStats provides information, and links to, over 100 Federal Agencies that are listed in the "Statistical Programs of the United States Government." Includes a link to MapStats, and the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Find statistics on economic and population trends, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more.
  • Geospatial One-Stop -- a geographic information system (GIS) portal that serves as a public gateway for improving access to geospatial information and data. The portal contains thousands of metadata records (information about the data) and links to live maps, downloadable data sets, images, clearinghouses, map files, and more.
  • National Historical Geographic Information System -- provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2000. NHGIS includes state and county statistical data from 1790-2000; census tract statistical data from 1910-2000; historic state and county boundary files (1790-2000) and census tract boundary files (1910-2000); all summary data (at all summary levels, including census blocks) from 1970-2000; and, County Business Patterns data from 1970-2000.
  • Real Estate Sales Statistics -- a state-by-state compendium of existing and pending home sales data and metro area home prices published on a quarterly basis. Produced by the National Association of Realtors, the site also includes local economic indicators.
  • Regional Economic Conditions (RECON) -- a database of economic statistics that helps the FDIC evaluate the risks facing financial institutions. It includes the following data: Industry Activity, Employment and Income, Real Estate Activity, Selected U.S. Commodity Prices, and County Location Maps.
  • SimplyMap -- a web-based mapping application that enables users to create professional-quality thematic maps and statistical reports using demographic, business, and marketing data. NOTE: you can create your own user space or log on as a general user.
  • State of the Cities Data Systems -- produced by HUD, this is an excellent site to find information on cities. It manipulates data from various federal agencies and produces useful municipal data sets including, fair market rents, income limits, metropolitan American housing survey data, Section 8 administrative fees, etc. The Quick Link option will enable you to find all these datasets and more for one particular city.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States -- authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.
  • University of Virginia Historical Census Browser -- an online database that allows you to examine state and county topics for individual census years, search multiple topics within a census year, produce tables of data by state or county, sort data by selected categories, and create ratios between any two data categories of historical census data. Information is not downloadable and does not include areas below the county level (e.g. cities, census tracts).

Need Help Using Statistics?

Katharin Peter, our Social Sciences Data Librarian in the VKC Library, can help you locate statisitical data, assist with designing a quantitative research study, and provide basic help with how to use of statistical application software packages, such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata. Her contact information is located here:

Statistics & Data Research Guide.

If you need lots of help using statistical application software, contact Statistical Consulting services offered by ITS.