State Data Center

About the State Data Center
The State Data Center (SDC) Program is a cooperative program between the states and the Census Bureau that was created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments. The State Library of Kansas has been the lead agency in Kansas since 1982. The State Data Center works closely with our network of coordinating and affiliate agencies, which are located throughout the state.

We are in the information business. We provide demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources to our patrons. We are an office within the State Library of Kansas, a state agency, which means that in almost every case, the information we provide is free of charge. Those requests that require significant analysis or research time may be assessed a fee.

State Data Center Network

Lead Agency
The lead agency acts as the primary point of contact with the Census Bureau and coordinates the entire network.

Coordinating Agencies
These agencies assist the SDC network by providing expert analysis and products: Docking Institute
The Docking Institute of Public Affairs is a public policy research institute located at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Since its founding in 1980, the Docking Institute has worked with hundreds of local, state and regional organizations, agencies and communities to assist them in charting their future success. Our mission is to facilitate effective
decision-making among governmental and non-profit leaders. The Institute's six primary programs are:
  • Survey research, program evaluation research, public policy research, and community and economic development research
  • Strategic planning and consulting
  • Grants facilitation
  • Economic and community development consulting
  • Public administration training programs
  • Public affairs programming through conferences, speakers, forums, television and radio programming, newspaper columns, and scholarly publications
Institute for Policy & Social Research
As a coordinating agency of the Kansas State Data Center, Institute for Policy and Social Research (IPSR) receives or accesses Census publications, CD and DVD-ROMs, and other electronic data files for Kansas and neighboring states. IPSR has a web application that allows users to create custom tables, graphs, and maps from the Kansas Data Archive, a repository of state, county, and city-level demographic and socioeconomic data for Kansas.

The IPSR web site also features an application that allows users to create Census 2000 profiles for a user-defined area. IPSR publishes county-level data profiles for all Kansas counties in addition to the Kansas Statistical Abstract, all of which are freely-available from the web site. IPSR staff are able to field general Census and other state data questions, create custom data extracts, and assist users in data visualization, including GIS. Some services may require a fee. For more information, please email Xan Wedel or call 785-864-3701.

Kansas Population Center 
The Kansas Population Center is the main population-related research facility at Kansas State University. Building on the cross-disciplinary and flexible nature of social demography, the KPC connects the campus community working on population studies to national and international research centers and academic communities. It is a depository for socio-demographic data on Kansas and the United States through its role in the U.S. Census Bureau's State Data Center Program.

The KPC is located within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. The main research areas of the KPC are migration, urbanization, immigration and rural population change. We are also involved in a number of projects related to natural resource use from a demographic perspective, including the impact of biofuel production on rural sustainability. The KPC also supports a research network on population trends in eastern Europe.

Affiliate Agencies
Affiliates support the network by acting as the public face for the State Data Center and working directly with users.

State of Kansas Agencies
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Kansas Secretary of State's Office
Planning and Development Agencies
  • Mid America Regional Council (Kansas City)
  • County Economic Research Institute (Overland Park)
  • Wichita Sedgwick Metropolitan Area Planning Department
  • Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance (Hays)
Public Libraries and Systems
  • Dodge City Public Library
  • Emporia Public Library
  • Great Bend Public Library
  • Johnson County Public Library
  • Kansas City Public Library
  • Lawrence Public Library
  • Liberal Memorial Library
  • Manhattan Public LIbrary
  • Northwest Kansas Library System (Norton)
  • Pioneer Memorial Library (Colby)
  • Salina Public LIbrary
  • Southeast Kansas Library System (Iola)
  • Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
  • Wichita Public Library