National Data Sources

The United States Census Bureau is one of the world's largest sources of data and analysis. The basic data collection conducted every 10 years is required by the U.S. Constitution and provides population reporting, various data estimates and analyses in both English and Spanish. One particularly useful Census tool is the Explore Census Data tool, which provides the ability to search data and reports by many factors, including demographic types and zip code. An important initiative of the U.S. Census Bureau is the American Community Survey, which samples 3 million households annually to provide updates between each 10-year data collection. Currently, the American Community Survey provides estimates for the nation, states, and individual communities with a population of 65,000 or more.

The United States Department of Health & Human Services maintains a trove of information and statistics on national and state rates of child abuse and neglect. Demographic data on perpetrators and victims can be found, as well as rates of various types of abuse.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) provides helpline access and treatment resources for suicide, substance abuse and opioid treatment programs. SAMSHA also focuses on the development of national data standards that provide the basis for uniform, comparable, high-quality statistics on mental health services, making it a model in the health care statistics field. Data is available on mental health and substance abuse services including treatment satisfaction and recurrence.

State and Local Data and Information Sources is the official website for all branches of the Pennsylvania state government and the many departments that serve the commonwealth. Resources for Housing, Healthcare, Education, Tourism and Economic Development are some of the many services they provide.

The Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system provides PA UCR Reports on an annual basis as well as providing monthly or custom reports.

In Pennsylvania, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are both managed through the Department of Human Services, DHS provides a monthly data report on benefit metrics. An online application portal, COMPASS, allows people to apply for benefits from many health and human service programs.

Power Library offers online access to digital collections of a statewide database of library catalogs. POWER Library is the online portal to all that Pennsylvania libraries offer, including electronic databases, digital collections, and a 24/7 live chat service.



Bureau of Economic Analysis

- State Personal Income and Employment (SPI)

- Local Area Personal Income and Employment (LPI)

- National Income and Product Accounts (NIPA)

- Annual Input-Output (I-O) Accounts

- Benchmark Input-Output (I-O) Accounts

- GDP by State

 U.S. Census Bureau

- American Community Survey (ACS)

- County Business Patterns (CBP)

- ZIP Code Business Patterns (ZBP)

- Nonemployer Statistics (NES)

- Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)

- OnTheMap (OTM)

- TIGER/Line File (with additions by DM Solutions Group)

- Population Estimates

- U.S. National and State Population Projections

- Census 2000 & 2010 Summary Files

- Census of Government — State and Local

- Government Finances by State

- Journey-to-Work (JtW)

- Consumer Expenditures Survey (CEX)

- Current Population Survey (CPS)

- Commodity Flow Survey (CFS)


National Center for Health Statistics



Bureau of Labor Statistics

- Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

- Current Employment Statistics (CES)

- Current Population Survey (CPS)

- Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

- National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix

- Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

- Occupational Education and Training Projections

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

- Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed

- National O*NET Consortium, O*NET Production Database





National Center for Education Statistics

- Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

- Classification of Instructional Programs

- Common Core of Data


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