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Urban Politics and Policy: Education and Social Justice: Finding Data

PolicyMap

PolicyMap allows you to download and map data relating to demographics, housing, income, crime, mortgages, health, jobs, manufacturing, supermarket access, and more. Includes data sets from over 150 public and proprietary sources

City of Newark Open Data

City of Newark Open Data
Open portal for depositing data relating to Newark. Everything from abandoned properties, absenteeism and graduation rates, Newark building footprints, and census tract job data to GPS snow plow locations, 4311 (non-emergency service) calls by neighborhood, turnstile data, and ward maps.

Jersey City Open Data

Jersey City Open Data
Data sets relating to Jersey City housing, properties, business & economics, public safety, transportation, environment, infrastructure, community, recreation & arts, health, and housing.

New Jersey Open Data Portal

Database

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets. Access to data from more than 70 organizational sources. Most data series focus on recent years and a few prior decades, although some data series extend back to the 19th century. Rutgers-restricted Access

Basic Stats

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States
The basic databook for the United States. Primarily national-level statistics, but includes selected data for states and major cities.
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1878-2012

Residential Segregation

Diversity and Disparities: Residential Segregation
Calculate degrees of residential segregation, 1980-2010 for cities and metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). Part of the Diversity and Disparities Project at Brown University.

Crime and Justice

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
The most comprehensive compilation of data on all aspects of U.S. criminal justice. Most tables are reproduced exactly as they appeared in the original source, however, when possible latest data are combined with earlier data to show trends.
UCR [Uniform Crime Reports] Data Online
One of the two national measures of U.S. crime, the UCR is based on specific offenses reported to law enforcement agencies. This database lets you generate trends by state since 1960 and by local agency (usually a municipality) since 1985.
Fatal Force
The Washington Postdatabase of every fatal shooting in the United States by a police officer in the line of duty since Jan. 1, 2015, including location, race of the deceased, the circumstances of the shooting, whether the person was armed and whether the person was experiencing a mental-health crisis.
Federal Sentencing Statistics
Annual reports comparing federal sentencing statistics for each judicial district, judicial circuit, and state to the nation as a whole.

Food

What's in the Food You Eat Search Tool
Nutrient profiles for 13,000 foods commonly eaten in the U.S. From the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Food Environment Atlas
From the Economic Research Service of the USDA. Currently includes 168 indicators of the food environment in 3 categories: Food Choices—Indicators of the community's access to and acquisition of healthy, affordable food; Health and Well-Being—Indicators of the community’s success in maintaining healthy diets; and Community Characteristics—Indicators of community characteristics that might influence the food environment.

Health

Use the New Jersey State Health Assessment Data (NJSHAD) database to generate health statistics tables for New Jersey cities.
NJ Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Data Query.
Create customized tables of NJBRFS prevalence estimates for selected risk factors stratified by age, sex, race/ethnicity, nativity, marital status, education, employment status, and geographic area of residence (NJ counties, Newark, and Jersey City).
New Jersey Chartbook of Substance Abuse Related Social Indicators: Essex County
May, 2013.
Substance abuse related social and health indicators. Includes municipal data.
Childhood Lead Poisoning in New Jersey
Annual Report. Chapter 3 generally focuses on Newark, which continues to have the highest lead levels in children in the state.

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