The NWCRDC offers researchers a multitude of restricted-use economic, demographic, and public health datasets. Many datasets are sponsored by the US Census Bureau while others are not. Please consult the table below for more information on each dataset.

Demographic Data

Database Name Survey Unit Frequency Time Periods Available Number of Observations Description Sponsor Geographic Information
American Community Survey Household Annual 1996-2009 Varies by year; by 2003, 3 million households will be surveyed annually Annual updates of the social, economic, and housing characteristics of the population. The ACS has replaced the decennial long-form. Bureau of the Census state, county, city, place, tract, zip code, block group, block
American Housing Survey – Metropolitan Survey Household Biennial Even-numbered years; rotating sample of metropolitan areas Approx. 55,000 households in 41 metropolitan areas; each area surveyed every six years Characteristics of housing units including type, housing and neighborhood quality, cost, and size. Department of Housing and Urban Development state, county, city, place, tract
American Housing Survey – National Household Biennial, odd-numbered years 1984-2009 Approx. 55,000 households Characteristics of housing units including type, housing and neighborhood quality, cost, and size. Department of Housing and Urban Development state, county, city, place, tract
CPS Annual Demographics Survey (March Supplement) Household Annual March 1967-2010 72,000 households Work experience, sources of income, migration, household composition, health insurance coverage, and receipt of noncash benefits Bureau of the Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics state, county, city, place, tract
Decennial Census Long Form Data Household Decennial 19701980,19902000 One-in-six households Social, economic, and housing characteristics of the population Bureau of the Census state, county, city, place, tract, zip code, block group, block
National Longitudinal Survey Household Annual Around 1966-1999 depending on specific subset Approximately 5,000 Contains state fips codes for various cohorts for each survey year. Adds geographic information to the public use file. Bureau of Labor Statistics state, county, city, place, tract
Survey of Income and Program Participation Household Longitudinal panels 1984-1993, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2008 Sample sizes (by panel) range from 14,000 to 37,000 households Economic situation of households including source and amount of income, labor force information, program participation and eligibility, and general demographic characteristics Bureau of the Census state, county, city, place, tract
SIPP-SSA Files (MBR, SSR, MEF and 831 Files) Individual Annual 1984-1993, 1996, 2001 SIPP-SSA matched files: Master Beneficiary Record, Supplemental Security Record, Master Earnings File, and 831 Disability Files Bureau of the Census state, county, city, place, tract
Survey of Program Dynamics Household Annual interviews 1992-1993 SIPP panel households 1997:35,000 households 1998-2002: 18,500 households This survey follows former SIPP respondents to measure the effects of welfare reform Bureau of the Census state, county, city, place, tract
National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Household Annual 2008-2010 40,000 householes (approx. 75,000 individuals) annually Criminal victimization Bureau of Justice Statistics TBD

 Economic Data

Database Name Survey Unit Frequency Time Periods Available Number of Observations Description Sponsor Geographic Information
Annual Retail Trade Survey Firm Annual 1999-2009 sales, purchases, e-commerce, inventories for retail, food service and accomdation industries Bureau of the Census TBD
Annual Survey of Manufactures Establishment Annual 1973-2009 55,000-70,000 per year Collects 5-digit product detail Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Annual Capital Expenditures Survey Firm  Annual 1993-2009 45,000-60,000 Firm-level survey to collect industry-level data on capital investment in new and used structures and equipment Bureau of the Census Link to SSEL or Economic Census to find locations of underlying establishments
Auxiliary Establishment Establishment Every 5 years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 30,000-40,000 per year Auxiliary establishment geography, cost, and employment data Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Business Expenditures Survey Establishment  Every 5 years 1992-2007 60,000 firms and EINs Formerly the Assets and Expenditures Survey (AES). Data collected on operating expenses – fringe benefits, fees, computer expenses, etc Bureau of the Census Link to SSEL or Economic Census to find locations of underlying establishments
Census of Construction Industries Establishment Every 5 years 1972-2007 Approx 200,000 establishments. The CCN covers all employer establishments primarily engaged in construction Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Census of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate Establishment  Every 5 years 1992-2007 656,000-696,0000 Census of establishments primarily engaged in transactions involving the creation, liquidataion, or change in ownership of financial assets Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Census of Manufactures Establishment  Every 5 years 1963,        1967-2007 about 400,000 per year Collects 7-digit product detail Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Census of Mining Establishment Every 5 years 1987-2007 25,000-35,000 Information about structure and function of mining sector. Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Census of Retail Trade Establishment Every 5 years 1977-2007 1.4-1.7 million per year CRT covers domestic establishments with payroll that retail merchandise and related services Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Census of Services Establishment Every 5 years 1977-2007  1.2-2.2 million per year  Service-related establishments Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Census of Transportation, Communications, and Utilities Establishment Every 5 years 1987-2007 166,000-273,000 Information about the Transportation, Communications, and Utilities industries Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Census of Wholesale Trade Establishment Every 5 years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007 399,000-530,000, per year  Establishments engaged in wholesaling merchandise and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Survey of Business Owners Firms & their owners Every 5 years 1982-2007 117,000-128,000 per year Owner demographics, firm economic performance Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Commodity Flow Survey Shipment Record Irregular 1993, 1997, 2002, 2007 5-10 million shipments from 140,000 establishments Volume and weight of shipments between zip codes Department of Transportation state, zip code
Compustat-SSEL Bridge Enterprise(firm) 1981-2005 Over 115,000 firm year records The March 2001 Compustat file is linked to the 1981-2001 SSEL, providing firm level linkage Bureau of the Census Link to SSEL or Economic Census to find locations of underlying establishments
Enterprise Summary Report Establishment Every 5 years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992 6,200-11,000 Large company (500 or more employees) statistics including number of establishments, employees, annual payroll, sales and receipts, and some financial characteristics Bureau of the Census TBD
Large Company Survey – Enterprise Summary Report Establishment Every 5 years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992 6,000-7,000 per year Large firm geography, cost, and output data Bureau of the Census TBD
Longitudinal Business Database Establishment Annual 1976-2005 24 million unique establishments All US business establishments with paid employees form 1976 to present Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey Establishment  Every 4 years 1985, 1988, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2006 12,000-23,000 Energy consumption and usage patterns Department of Energy state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
National Employer Survey Establishment 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 1,000-5,500 per year Employer practices and expectations concerning education and training, and wordforce quality. Department of Education state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Owner Change Database Establishment Every 5 years 1963-2002 7,200-21,000 per year Tracks change in ownership of manufacturing establishments between consecutive census year. Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Quarterly Financial Report Firm Quarterly 1977-2009 15,000 per quarter Balance sheet and income statement data Bureau of the Census, Internal Revenue Service Link to SSEL or Economic Census to find locations of underlying establishments
Services Annual Survey Firm Annual 2002-2010 72,000 Service activity in the United States Bureau of the Census TBD
Standard Statistical Establishment List Establishment Annual 1975-2007 ~7 million employers; ~17 million non-employers (1997) Business register – economic survey universe; underlies longitudinal links Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Survey of Industrial Research and Development and Business Research Development and Innovation Survey Firm Annual 1972-2008 4000-13,000 per year Research and development expenditures Bureau of the Census Link to SSEL or Economic Census to find locations of underlying establishments
Survey of Manufacturing Technology Establishment 1988, 1991,1993 10,000 Use of 17 advanced manufacturing technologies Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization Establishment Annual, Quarterly 1974-2011 17,000 Current data on the rates of capacity utilization in U.S. manufacturing plants. Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Survey of Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures Establishment 1974-78, 1979-82,1984-86, 1988-94, 1999, 2005 16,500 to 21,000 per year Operating and capital expenditures on pollution abatement Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
Foreign Trade Exports and Imports Shipments Continuously 1992 – 2007 Export: 24 million; Import: 47 million Shipping information: value, weight, origin/destination, customs port, method of transportation Bureau of the Census

Linked Business and Household Data

Demographic Data

Database Name Survey Unit Frequency Time Periods Available Number of Observations Description Sponsor Geographic Information
LEHD Employer Characteristics File(LEHD-ECF) Establishments, Companies and/or Enterprises Quarterly 1989-2008 Several million establishments from 31 states (as of 2007) Quarterly measures of payroll and monthly employment (LEHD Data Documentation) Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
LEHD Geocoded Address List (LEHD-GAL) Establishments, Companies and/or Enterprises Irregular 1990-2008 Varies by State Unique commercial and residential addresses in a state geocoded to the Census Block and latitude/longitude coordinates. Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
LEHD Employer Quarterly Workforce Indicators (LEHD-QWI) Establishments, Companies and/or Enterprises Quarterly 2008 Approximately 4 million establishments from more than 20 states Quarterly measures of workforce composition and worker turnover at the establishment level for selected states (LEHD Data Documentation) Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street

Public Health Data

Database Name Survey Unit Frequency Time Periods Available Number of Observations Description Sponsor Geographic Information
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey – Insurance Component(MEPS-IC) Establishment Annual 1996-2002, 2008-2009 Approximately 25,000 establishments per year Data on employer-provided health insurance Bureau of the Census state, county, metropolitan area, place, tract, zip code, street
National Health Interview Survey(NHIS) Household Annual 1969-2004 43,000 Households (approximately 100,000 people) Basic health and demographic, health conditions and utilization, health status, health care services, and behavior  NCHS TBD
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Household Annual Periodic 1971-74, 1976-80, 1988-94; Continuous beginning in 1999 7,000 individuals interviewed & 5,000 complete health exam component Health and nutritional status of adults and children, demographics, examinations, lab tests, & personal interviews  NCHS TBD
National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) Individuals Continuous 12,000+ Family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men’s and women’s health  NCHS TBD
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey – Household Component (HC) Household Annual Annual 12,000 Health conditions and status,  medical  services, charges and payments, access to care, insurance coverage  AHRQ TBD
National Longitudinal Mortality Study (NLMS) Individual 1979-2002 3 million persons, cause of death information on over 250,000 race/ethnicity, marital status, education, income, employment status, occupation, industry, veteran status, household size, nativity/immigrant status, smoking (for certain cohorts), health status, and health insurance status, linked to medicare claims for the period 1991-2001 Bureau of the Census; National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute; National Cancer Institute; National Institute on Aging; and National Center for Health Statistics. TBD