Data request service
Welcome to Public Health Seattle & King County's Data Request Service! We will do our best to help you with your data needs. Here is some information which will give you an idea of the availability of data, and how our service works. If in doubt, contact us!
- Phone: 206-263-8786 or toll-free, 1-800-325-6165, ext. 3-8786
- You can also submit a data request online by completing the form below
You will receive an email within 24 hours noting your message was received.
Our unit has various data sources in-house and we know of many more. The best way to get a sense of the data we have available is to look at our reports, in particular Community Health Indicators.
We most commonly use data on Vital Statistics (births and deaths), hospitalizations, and population estimates; we also have data on additional population-based, health-related topics. For much of our information on health behaviors and risks, we use either the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), or the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), and we also use census/American Community Survey (ACS) data extensively. If what you're looking for is not already available, our data request service assists users by performing customized analyses of the data sets we have available. Also, we often know of others in the field under consideration who are doing work of interest, and are happy to help requesters connect with appropriate contacts.
Data request policy: If none of the above-mentioned sources have data which fit a requester's data needs, and if the question is one which we have data to address, we can do a customized data analysis for a requester. Our policy is to offer the first two hours of staff time for a particular project free of charge (this includes time for phone conversations and e-mail correspondence); beyond that time frame we charge $100 an hour, with a three-hour minimum. Our goal is to fulfill data requests in two weeks or less, on a first-come, first-served basis. However, on occasion our work plan does not permit us to answer requests within two weeks. On those occasions a completion time will be mutually agreed upon.
Some helpful tips:
Data request submission form
You may use this online form to request data. Before making a request, consider checking our Community Health Indicators and our publications sites to see whether the data you are interested in may already be published and available. Please allow at least two weeks for fulfillment of the data request, and note that requests which take more than two hours to prepare will incur a charge.
NOTE: If you are interested in birth or death certificates for an individual, please visit our Vital Statistics webpage. APDE cannot release data for individuals.
You may use this online form to request data. Before making a request, consider checking our Community Health Indicators and our publications sites to see whether the data you are interested in may already be published and available. Our goal is to fulfill data requests in two weeks or less, although that may not be possible in some instances due to our work plan, and note that requests which take more than two hours of staff time will incur a charge.