Publicly Available Health and Social Science Data Collections
Other Sources for Data
Freely Available Statistics: MA, US, and Worldwide
AARP International AgeSource and AgeStats Databases - AgeSource Worldwide identifies several hundred information resources in some 25 countries which are significant either in size or in their unique coverage of particular aging-related issues. AgeStats Worldwide provides access to comparative statistical data that compare the situation of older adults across countries or regions around a variety of issues areas.
United Nations Statistical Division - Compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities, and supports countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems.
United States Statistics
AIDS Public Information (CDC) - Statistical information pertaining to date, place, demographics, case definition, risk factors and vital status.1981 - 2002
America's Health Rankings (United Health Foundation) - Combines individual measures of several health determinants with the resultant health outcomes into one, comprehensive view of the health of a state.
American Fact Finder (US Census Bureau) - American FactFinder allows users to search and analyze demographic and economic information about the United States and its communities using a variety of methods.
Fast Stats A-Z (CDC) - Provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically.
Food Environment Atlas (U.S. Department of Agriculture) - County-level data on food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics.
H-CUPnet (AHRQ) - Data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). It provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization.
HHS.gov and Health.Data.gov (Open Government) - Datasets, tools, and applications using data about health and healthcare in the United States.
Natality Information (CDC) - The Natality online databases report counts of live births occurring within the United States to U.S. residents and non-residents. Counts can be obtained by state, county, child's gender and weight, mother's race, mother's age, mother's education, gestation period, prenatal care, birth plurality, and mother's medical and tobacco use risk factors. The data are derived from birth certificates. 1995-2006
National Center for Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education) - A source of information from NCES, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) (Previously WebCASPAR) (National Science Foundation) - A large body of statistical data resources for science and engineering (S&E) at U.S. academic institutions. WebCASPAR emphasizes S&E, but its data resources also provide information on non-S&E fields and higher education in general.
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) (CDC) - The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations.
Neighborhood Atlas (University of Wisconsin) - Maps the Area Deprivation Index per Census block group/neighborhood and allows for rankings of neighborhoods by socioeconomic status disadvantage in a region of interest (eg. state or national level)
Statistical Abstract (U.S. Census Bureau) - The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. (NOTE: The U.S. Census Bureau is terminating the collection of data for the Statistical Compendia program effective October 1, 2011.)
Quickfacts (U.S. Census Bureau) - State and county "quick facts."
Massachusetts State Data Center (UMass Amherst) - A program of the UMass Donahue Institute's Economic and Public Policy Research Unit. Part of the Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program, provides an extensive collection of census data in Massachusetts, New England, and the U.S.
Mass in Motion - Mass in Motion is a statewide program that works with communities, schools, childcare centers, and businesses to create changes that make it easier for people to eat better and move more.