About Us

ResearchDataGov.org is a product of the federal statistical agencies and units, created in response to the Foundations of Evidence-based Policymaking Act of 2018. The site is the single portal for discovery of restricted data in the federal statistical system. The agencies have provided detailed descriptions of each data asset. Users can search for data by topic, agency, and keywords. Questions related to the data should be directed to the owning agency, using the contact information on the page that describes the data. In late 2022, users will be able to apply for access to these data using a single-application process built into ResearchDataGov. ResearchDataGov.org is built by and hosted at ICPSR at the University of Michigan, under contract and guidance from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within the National Science Foundation.

The data described in ResearchDataGov.org are owned by and accessed through the agencies and units of the federal statistical system. Data access is determined by the owning or distributing agency and is limited to specific physical or virtual data enclaves. Even though all data assets are listed in a single inventory, they are not necessarily available for use in the same location(s). Multiple data assets accessed in the same location may not be able to be used together due to disclosure risk and other requirements. Please note the access modality of the data in which you are interested and seek guidance from the owning agency about whether assets can be linked or otherwise used together.

Agency Profile

U. S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau is the nation’s largest federal statistical agency employing more than 4,000 employees around the country. Our mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. The U.S. Census Bureau is housed under the Department of Commerce, with its headquarters located in the Washington D.C. area and with regional offices across the country.

The Census Bureau is authorized under Title 13 U.S.C. to collect data for statistical purposes from a variety of sources including censuses, surveys, and administrative records from federal agencies and states. The Census Bureau has a robust research program and partners with other federal agencies and university faculty across the country. Census Bureau researchers explore innovative ways to conduct surveys, increase respondent participation, reduce costs, and improve accuracy while also contributing to a greater understanding of our society and the economy.

The Census Bureau is a partner agency in the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs) . Through the FSRDCs we are able to expand data access to researchers around the country to help us with our mission and produce high quality, timely research in the social sciences.