Alternate Resources for Accessing Federal Datasets

The recent government shutdown restricted access to many federal data portals such as the Census Bureau’s American Factfinder. Fortunately, a number of other websites provide alternate access points for demographic and economic data. While a variety of fee-based services are available, three free resources to consider include:

1. GetFacts – Produced by the University of Wisconsin’s Applied Population Laboratory, GetFacts is a mapping and data extraction tool for Wisconsin demographics.

2. National Historic Geographic Information System (NHGIS) – Maintained by the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Population Center, the NHGIS has current and historical census data and boundary files.

3. StatsAmerica – A service of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University, StatsAmerica aggregates a wide variety of federal demographic and economic datasets.

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