Local Data Sets and Reports

The following resources are intended to be starting points for scholarship that advances community-identified priorities and goals. The aggregated resources are mostly local, regional, and state data sets and reports in addition to UNCG resources and support. While these links direct you to specific pages, we recommend searching the organization or department’s website more fully for additional resources. This is an environmental scan not an exhaustive list. If you have a set or report to recommend, please contact us.

UNCG Resources

Institute for Community and Economic Engagement – Provides publications and reports as well as scholarly resources that may help inform your engaged scholarship.

Data Services Librarian – Provides links, instructions, and consulting for data services, including (a) frequently used statistics, (b) frequently used data sources, (c) statistical software and training, and (d) research data management.

Data Sets

These links provide access to raw data sets without analysis.

2-1-1 Counts – 2-1-1 Counts is the first tool to provide real-time, searchable and visual presentations of data from 2-1-1 call centers across the nation. Using 2-1-1 Counts, you’ll find a snapshot of community-specific needs displayed by ZIP code, region or call center as recently as yesterday, enabling you to easily check trends, make comparisons and share information. 2-1-1 Counts works with your local 2-1-1 to share this information with community leaders and service agencies. There is also NC 2-1-1- Counts, which is an information and referral service provided by the United Way of North Carolina in all 100 NC counties with the support of 53 local United Ways throughout the State.

ACCESSNC! – North Carolina economic data and site information, including (a) properties, (b) labor and occupational statistics, (c) community demographic characteristics, and (d) interactive maps. Maintained by the NC Department of Commerce.

Community Health Rankings and Roadmaps – The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. Select a particular state from this link to see current and archived data.

Corporation for National and Community Service – Most comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country. Data includes volunteer rates and rankings, civic engagement trends, and analysis. Data can be sorted geographically and by demographics.

Crime Mapping – The City of Greensboro Police Department refers people to the crime mapping website for crime statistics. This web-based program shows where 16 categories of crime have occurred in Greensboro. The map is searchable by address, date, or type of crime.

Federal Bureau of Investigation: Uniform Crime Reporting StatisticsThe FBI has gathered crime statistics from law enforcement agencies across the nation that voluntarily participate in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program since 1930. The UCR Program collects statistics on violent crime and property crime. It is searchable by state and other variables.

Greensboro Open Data Program: Open Gate City – This open data portal includes data from public safety, local ordinance enforcement, human resources and finance, as well as permit and inspection information. City staff continue to gather information for release to the Open Gate City portal as an ongoing process. The portal makes data easily accessible in an effort to encourage residents to become more familiar with how their government is performing, engage with the city’s developer community, and build tools and resources that will enhance city services.

Greensboro Police Department – Crime data is provided here for violent crimes and property crimes, and there are links to other data sources, including crime mapping.

Greensboro Population and Statistics – This page provides data and reports for (a) demographics, (b) economics and community indicators, and (c) housing.

Guilford County Schools – Provides district-wide data and reports related to student demographics, EoGs, ACT & SAT results, graduation rates, dropout rates, and AP courses.

Housing and Urban Development: Research on HUD User – HUD USER provides interested researchers with access to the original data sets generated by PD&R-sponsored data collection efforts, including the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, as well as microdata from research initiatives on topics such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population.

LINC: Log Into North CarolinaLog Into North Carolina is an interactive data retrieval service containing historical information for over 900 data items and a variety of geographic areas within the state. Topics include population, labor force, education, transportation, revenue, agriculture, vital statistics, energy and utilities, and other topics for a variety of geographic areas within the state.

Piedmont Health Counts – Provides health dashboards for community health indicators and public health disparities in Guilford and Alamance County.

Piedmont Triad Regional Council: Regional Data Center – County profiles and population estimates and projections. Data from US Census and NC Office of Budget and Management.

North Carolina Census Data – Estimates and projections of North Carolina population. Maintained by the NC Office of State Budget and Management.

North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness: Point-in-Time Counts – PiT Counts for all counties over the years.

North Carolina Local GIS Data Archive: Guilford County – Provides links to online mapping and data downloads.

North Carolina OneMap – This is a public service providing comprehensive discovery and access to North Carolina’s geospatial data resources. NC OneMap is the geospatial backbone supporting North Carolina data and map service users. It is an organized effort of numerous partners throughout North Carolina, involving local, state, and federal government agencies, the private sector and academia.

North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics – Provides reports and interactive data tools about health topics, demographics, and insurance.

Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens (SHIFT NC) – teen pregnancy data including births, abortions, and fetal deaths for state and individual counties.

UNC DataverseDataverse is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore, and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others’ work more easily. Researchers, data authors, publishers, data distributors, and affiliated institutions all receive academic credit and web visibility. Hosted by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Sciences

United States Census: American Community SurveyThe American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year. The data can be viewed and divided in various ways: narrative profiles, subject tables, and data tables.

United States Census Bureau: American Fact Finder – The American Fact Finder provides data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas  from censuses and surveys. Data can be localized and sorted by demographics, geography, topic, industry, and occupation.

United States Census Bureau: Maps & DataFind geographic data and products such as the TIGER/Line Shapefiles, KMLs, TIGERweb, cartographic boundary files, geographic relationship files, and reference and thematic maps

United States Census Bureau: QuickFacts – QuickFacts is an easy to use application that shows tables, maps, and charts of frequently requested statistics from more than ten Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs. Profiles are available for the nation, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and all counties. Cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more are also included.


These links provide access to reports that include analysis, strategic directions, and data indicators.

Balanced Economic Development: A Strategic Plan for East GreensboroIn 2011, Red Rock Global and Colliers International conducted a study commissioned by the City of Greensboro to develop a strategic plan for improving East Greensboro.  Their recommendations included addressing four key issues in the East Greensboro area:  the number of households; household median incomes; road access; and support for public schools.

Community Health Rankings and Roadmaps – The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. Along with raw data there are also reports.

Corporation for National and Community Service – most comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country. Data includes volunteer rates and rankings, civic engagement trends, and analysis. Provides research reports looking at civic life, link to employment, and factors influencing volunteer participation.

Environmental Justice Report: Piedmont Triad Regional Scan (April 2016) – This document identifies the location and distribution of populations that represent potential environmental justice issues in the Piedmont Triad Region.

Feeding America – Research page provides information about counties, special populations (Latino/a, elderly, teens), and health in relation to food access and security.

Greensboro Fresh Food Access Plan – This plan was created by the City of Greensboro to focus on food deserts. This plan includes information on the Greensboro food system as a whole, and includes recommendations for parts of the food system beyond the local food business enterprises that are of broader USDA interest.

Greensboro Participatory Budgeting 2015-2016 Research and Evaluation Report – This reports research and evaluation on Greensboro’s first year of participatory budgeting practices. More information about participatory budgeting can be found on the city’s website.

Greensboro Consolidated and Annual Plans – This city website provides the consolidated and annual plans and performance evaluation reports from Neighborhood Development. Here is the 2015-2019 consolidated plan for Greensboro-Guilford County.

Greensboro Maps and Apps – This Map Gallery is a collection of interactive maps and applications pertaining to City services (e.g., trails, zoning, districts, road projects, redevelopment areas).

Greensboro Population and Statistics – This page provides data and reports for (a) demographics, (b) economics and community indicators, and (c) housing.

GSO2040 – This report expresses the community’s vision for what it wants to be in 20 years and creates a broad framework of policies for achieving that vision. These policies are based on extensive public input and conversations, a review of data about the current state of Greensboro, alignment of existing plans from City departments, collaboration with community partners, and a review of current trends affecting cities across the country

Guilford County Department of Health: Health Statistics – The Guilford County Department of Public Health centralizes reports and resources related to community health. Included are annual reports, surveys, and Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Guilford County Division of Public Health – Provides multiple health reports, including the Community Health Assessment and the State of the County’s Health Report. There are also additional resources for local, state, and national health statistics.

Guilford County Schools – Provides district-wide data and reports related to student demographics, EoGs, ACT & SAT results, graduation rates, dropout rates, and AP courses. Other resources available: Strategic plan for 2016 and Annual Reports.

Guilford Education Alliance – Collated numerous reports with data indicators from diversity in schools (2010), teacher working conditions, Education Matters report (2013), youth risk behavior survey (2012), and Guilford County School reports.

Housing and Urban Development: North Carolina – Information about the state and communities.

Housing and Urban Development: Policy Development and Research – Primarily sponsored by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, these reports, executive summaries, case studies, and guidebooks span the fields of housing and urban development and are available as free downloads. The Research Roadmap is HUD’s strategic plan for research priorities. Housing market conditions for North Carolina can be found here.

HUD Exchange: NC-504 Continuum of Care – Reports regarding homelessness in Greensboro and High Point.

Independent Sector – Various reports to support public policies in best interest of public sector organizations, including state profiles that provide details of impact from non-profits.

Institute for Emerging Issues – The Institute for Emerging Issues, a non-partisan public policy organization, exists to enhance North Carolina’s long-term prosperity. Emerging issues cross the four building blocks of a vibrant North Carolina: economy, health, education and natural and built environments. We assemble diverse perspectives to reflect the varied interests of the state as we address the topic to ensure that the solutions we derive together are smarter, more comprehensive, and endure. kidoNomiCs is the 2018 emerging issue.

National Alliance to End Homelessness: Homeless Research Institute – Interactive maps, calculators, and charts to improve understanding of concepts related to ending homelessness.

North Carolina Center for Public Policy ResearchAn independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, research organization. Provides research on important public policy issues facing North Carolina including bi-annual reports of NC General Assembly rankings (voting, attendance), health, arts, education, demographics, government, voting/elections, criminal justice, and the environment.

North Carolina Civic Health Index Report – The 2015 North Carolina Civic Health Index, compared civic engagement activities – such as volunteering, voting, joining community groups, etc. – in all 50 states. NC State’s Institute of Emerging Issues co-produced the report with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). The 2010 study is also available.

North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness: State Priorities – NCCEH advocates for effective, data-driven state policies to end homelessness in North Carolina.

North Carolina Division of Social Services: Program Statistics and Reviews – This page was designed so that users would be able to find statistics and program reviews based on our program areas: Work First, child welfare, child support, and food and nutrition services.

North Carolina Division of Social Services: Publications – Includes various publications of reports and reviews that have been published by DSS and/or their partners.

North Carolina Health and Human Services: Documents – Access to reports, fact sheets, policies, etc. related to HHS topics in North Carolina.

North Carolina Institute of Medicine – The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) is an independent, quasi-state agency that was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1983 to provide balanced, nonpartisan information on issues of relevance to the health of North Carolina’s population. Current reports and data cover topics including (a) Annual Child Health Report Card, (b) demographics about and impacts of uninsured North Carolinians, and (c) other current health topics in the state.

North Carolina Public Schools – Statistics and reports for NC, including EoG/EoC and AYP results, PBIS, discipline, and financials.

North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics – Provides reports and interactive data tools about health topics, demographics, and insurance.

North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card – This document is a progress report from the Center for Women’s Health Research at UNC on the health and health care needs of North Carolina’s 5+ million women.

Partners Ending Homelessness – PEH oversees the Continuum of Care (CoC) for organizations working to end homelessness in Greensboro and High Point. They conduct the Point-in-Time count to determine how many people are experiencing homelessness in the area.

Piedmont Triad Regional Council: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy – Developed by the Piedmont Triad Regional Council in 2017, The Piedmont Triad Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for 2018-2020 outlines four areas of emphasis for the region: competitive advantage and leverage; regional infrastructure; vibrant communities; and talent strategies.

Pew Charitable Trust – Provides reports, fact sheets, issue briefs, and white papers. Topic priorities are communities, environment, families, governing, health, and trends. Searchable by state, topic, type of publication, and project.

Pew Research Center – Track key national, political, economic and demographic trends over time using regularly updated charts. Also able to download data sets.

Status of Women in North Carolina: Health and Wellness – This 2019 report is the second in a series of four publications on women’s status in North Carolina commissioned by the North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement. The Status of Women in the States publications use data from the U.S. government and other sources to analyze women’s status across multiple issue areas. In the case of this report, most of the data is drawn from the Center for Disease Control and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The report breaks down health and wellness indicators along county lines in order to rank each county. Indicator areas include health insurance, chronic disease, obesity, reproductive health and rights, sexual health, mental health, and violence against women. The report also provides policy recommendations.

The Public School Forum of North Carolina – This nonpartisan research and advocacy group is made up of political, business, and education leaders in North Carolina. Their publications include weekly reports, forum study group reports, and educational policy primers. The Study Group Report XVI: Expanding Educational Opportunity in North Carolina specifically identifies childhood trauma, racial equity, and support for low-performing schools as three areas to address when striving for children’s academic success.

United States Census Bureau: Census Explorer – Interactive map of census measures (e.g., education, labor/occupation, income) and county business patterns.

United States Census Bureau: Infographics & Visualizations – This is a gallery of visualized data.

United States Census Bureau: Publications – This page lists the most recent publications released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

United Way of Greater Greensboro – Provides a number of local reports that identify community priorities based on data, including: Voices.Choices Health Access Task Force Report, Community Impact Outcomes 2013-2014Family Success Center priorities and metrics, Family Success Center 18-Month Pilot Outcome Report, and Building a Stronger North Carolina: Legislative Briefing.