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This list focuses on resources for grant writers in the Puget Sound area. We don't vouch for authority of these sites, and this is not an exhaustive list. We are always open to suggestions and corrections.
  • Municipal Research Service Center (MRSC)
    Focuses on local government in Washington State and contains weekly news, sample documents, responses to common questions received by MRSC, state statutes and administrative rules, court decisions, and more! There is a wealth of information relevant to local governments in Washington State available to anyone with web access.

  • King County AIMS High
    AIMs High performance reports help you understand social, economic, and environmental conditions throughout the county and what King County government is doing to improve those conditions.

  • Data for Local Communities
    A database of data sources on 25 topic areas (including ethnic populations, employment and income, social and family issues, etc.) which are reported below the state level and often below the county level in Washington state and Oregon.
  • Washington State Office of Financial Management

  • OFM American Community Survey
    The "Gold Standard" for state and county level population estimates. Top link is to the "Population" tab of the Home page. Data by age, race/ethnicity, etc. available down to county level. Second link is to a site which gives American Community Survey data (from the U.S. Census Bureau) for areas in Washington State in a more straightforward format than the census bureau site.

  • King County Annual Growth Reports
    City profiles and maps.

  • King County Benchmark Reports
    Focuses on recent trends related to land use, economics, transportation, affordable housing, and environment.

  • Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC)
    Regional data development and research program in support of transportation, growth management and economic development planning in the central Puget Sound region.

See also OFM entry in Population/ Demography/Regional Planning section

  • Census Bureau

  • University of Minnesota IPUMS
    The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA) consists of more than fifty high-precision samples of the American population drawn from fifteen federal censuses and from the American Community Surveys of 2000-2007. The IPUMS assigns uniform codes across all the samples and brings relevant documentation into a coherent form to facilitate analysis of social and economic change. User should be comfortable with complex data manipulation.

Local level data:

  • Public Health reports
    Good for general data about King County health indicators by area and demographic groups.

  • Communities Count
    A set of four reports, the most recent released in 2008, with social and health indicators for King County. The reports reflect health and community conditions identified by King County residents and contain rich information about which conditions in King County have changed, as well as those which have remained fairly constant, over the past five years. Website includes monthly data updates.

  • Community Health Indicators
    A set of ready-prepared tables and charts on population-based core indicators, on a wide variety of health related conditions locally and at the state and national level, and updated annually. 

  • Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Crime Data

  • City of Seattle Crime Data
    Available for cities in King County with police departments. For Seattle information, click on "Crime Info". Data were available by census tract until 2007; now they are available by precinct.

State level data:

National level data:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    CDC collects data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing.

  • National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC

  • BRFSS survey data
    BRFSS provides state-specific information about issues such as asthma, diabetes, health care access, alcohol use, hypertension, obesity, cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco use, and more.

  • PH Partners
    Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce offers links to health statistics and data sets as well as resources to support data collection.

  • Kaiser's State Health Facts
    Data may sometimes be old, but many of the data categories available are hard to find elsewhere.

GIS represents data in the form of a map. You will need to determine if a map is the best representation of your data; if so, you can contact these agencies (there may be a charge for services).

  • King County GIS
    • King County Map Library
      KCGIS Center Client Services performs GIS services on a fee basis for internal and external clients. We have extensive expertise in GIS consulting, training, spatial data analysis, cartography, programming, and much more. We handle major projects as well as short-term tasks.

  • Washington State GIS
    The GIS at Washington State Dept. of Health assists staff across the agency in our mission of protecting public health.
  • Washington State Office Superintendent of Public Instruction:
    You can get data by school district and by individual school; click on Research/Reports on the top bar, and then on "Data and Reports" or "School Report Card", depending on your interest. There is information by school and district on free and reduced lunch, and migrant and transitional bilingual students.
  • KIDS COUNT Data Center
    Ranks states and tracks trends based on various measures of well-being of American children at the state and county levels. The database contains over 100 measures of child well-being for Washington, Seattle, and counties in the state. Efforts have been made to disaggregate indicators by race, immigrant status, poverty level, gender, household type, age group, and single age.