Code for America has brought a new approach to government data. Instead of IT professionals building big systems, coders and activists meet to build apps for citizens. Here are some New Jersey links:
A government-sponsored gateway to the statistics of 100 agencies. Not as detailed as one might wish, but good for browsing and getting ideas about what is available.
Data by Subject (guide from Ryan Womack, New Brunswick)
Online site for census information, including population, social and economic characteristics, ancestry, economic census (business establishments and so forth), and information about state and local governments. Besides the full American Factfinder search engine, some interesting subjects covered by specialized searches are: School District Data ; QuickFacts about states, counties, and cities; the American Community Survey; and the County Business Patterns page, which includes business patterns by zip code as well as county.
Labor force, employment and unemployment data, consumer and other price indexes (inflation measures), and much more
Economic statistics for the US, including US gross domestic product, consumer expenditures, balance of payments, and much more. Interactive data mapping available for some series.
Federal statistics about crime, courts, and corrections. The Data and Product Finder assists with finding the right data on the site.
The Uniform Crime Reports, plus information on fatal accidents, domestic violence, bias incidents, and more
From the US Department of Education
Data about schools and the communities in which they live
District by district data from the NJ Department of Education
From the Centers for Disease Control
Research guide maintained by Ann Watkins, Life Sciences Librarian at Dana Library.
Includes a multi-city survey of hunger and homelessness each December. Other reports about cities are also included on this page.
Facts about homelessness