About the State Data Center
What is 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.
What does the State Data Center do?
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.
What can the State Data Center do for me?
Are you an entrepreneur who wants to open a business?
We can help with your site selection by providing information about the people living in the area and the number of similar businesses.
Are you a planner who needs to know how many people work and live in a city, county or school district?
Let us provide you with the number of people who live or work in an area, the number of people who commute into or out of your area, the percentage of the population in various age groups, or any other statistics you may need to make informed decisions.
Are you a student working on a class project?
We can help you find data on the social, economic and demographic characteristics of your community.
The information we provide comes from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Education and numerous State of Kansas agencies.
According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report presented to the U.S. Congress in 2001, over $185 billion of federal aid is disbursed to the states every year based on the Census’ population count. People who are not counted cost the state thousands of dollars in federal aid.
The State Data Center works with the Census Bureau and Kansas’ local governments to ensure that all Kansans are counted in the Census. That way we help protect Kansas’ fair share of money for our state.