The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a Cambridge-based urban affairs think tank, recently published, in collaboration with PolicyMap.com, an interactive map called the Place Database. As noted in the article, “It provides numerous data categories to be applied over a map of the entire U.S. Users can select a category, and then zoom in, to draw comparisons by state, metro, county, city, or in some cases, even down to the land parcel.”
Among the data points you will find are:
- median home values, property tax rates, vacancy rates, zoning codes, and school district spending.
- environmental data on elevations, critical habitats and brownfield sites in different areas.
- policy-oriented data such as the fiscal distress, or federal transportation spending received, by given cities.
The PolicyMap website may also be of interest. The online mapping platform has a huge amount of data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and other information in communities across the United States. While it is a commercial company that is trying to sell subscriptions to bigger companies that need this data, there is a limited amount of “free” data that you can access. For example, if you are looking for a specific statistic, say the percentage of people 35-44 who live in 70118, it can deliver that data.