Once you’ve identified areas where you want to learn more, look below for local, state and national sources of data. The state and national data sources listed below provide at least county-level data, summaries, or reports; some query systems may provide additional levels of geographic detail including Census tract, zip code, or other administrative areas.
State-Specific Data Sources
500 Cities Project is an interactive web application that provides city- and neighborhood-level health estimates for the 500 largest U.S. cities. Each city or neighborhood profile includes information on unhealthy behaviors, health outcomes and prevention practices, allowing communities to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables in their jurisdictions, and assist them in planning public health interventions
Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement. Registered users have FREE access to:
- Over 7000 GIS data layers at state, county, zip code, block group, tract, and point-levels.
- Contextualized mapping, visualization, analytic, impact and communication tools and apps.
- Searchable profiles of hundreds of place-based community initiatives (multi-sector collaboratives) working towards healthy/sustainable/livable/equitable communities - funded by government and private philanthropy - complete with text & video narratives on "what's working."
- Peer learning forums in the "interactive commons" with colleagues exploring similar interests and challenges - hosted by leading national Technical Assistance providers.
The Rural Assistance Center has compiled an extensive list of resources and tools relevant to exploring health in smaller geographic areas of the nation. Many of the data sources used in the County Health Rankings can be found here, as well as a plethora of others.