The State Data Center Program
was established in 1978 by the U.S. Census Bureau to make statistical information
more readily available to the public. The program now includes most states
in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin
Islands. The Census Bureau provides data products, training, technical
assistance, and consultation to data centers, which then offer products
and assistance to local community leaders, planners, businesses, researchers,
and the general public.
Census Bureau web site
In Massachusetts, the State Data
Center function is carried out by the Massachusetts Institute for Social
and Economic Research (MISER) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
The State Data Center has an extensive collection of census data on population,
housing, education, business, manufacturing, trade, services, government,
and agriculture in Massachusetts, New England, and the United States. This
data is available in machine readable format and in print in our library.
We also have free data you can download from our