Free, reputable, and relevant data sources.
The Data Scan seeks to fulfill a part of the DIP’s vision that Maine organizations are empowered to use data to inform their work. Below you will find a searchable database of resources for data in Maine.
How to use the Data Scan
Data included come from a reputable source, are relevant to the work of organizations in Maine, are accessible, and free. You can search by overarching category (Communities & People, Health, Education, and Economy) or use the keywords below to search. Different filtering options allow you to search by level of data, which will show you the smallest level of data available from that source (e.g., county level), year, or format (e.g., pdf or Excel). You have the option of downloading or printing what you find in the scan (found at the top right of your search).
The Data Scan is a work in progress and does not encompass every data source that may be freely and publicly available online. It was last checked for broken links in February 2020. We welcome feedback, amendments, and additions to this work in order to enhance connections to meaningful data. Please contact Emilie Swenson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional suggestions or questions.
Data Scan Keywords (to use in the search bar)
This is a master list of all keywords used in the scan. Some keywords cross boundaries and are found in multiple categories. You can find the search bar at the top right of the table.
- Chronic Diseases
- Emerging Adults (~18-26)
- Employment and Labor
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Food Security
- General Education
- General Health
- Geographic (GIS)
- Health Behaviors
- Health Equity
- Income and Wages
- Infectious Diseases
- Maternal and Child Health
- Mental Health
- New Mainers
- Older Adults (65+)
- Post secondary
- Social Determinants
- State Economic Data
- Violence and Injuries
|wdt_ID||Category||Main Site/Name of Source||Keyword||Data Source||Why it is Helpful||Lowest Level of Data||Level of Data||Website||Format||Most Recent Year||Downloadable Formats||COVID data?|
|1||Communities and People||A Demographic Profile of Maine - Highlighting the Distribution of Vulnerable Populations||Population, Older Adults, Poverty, Housing, Older Adults, Chronic Disease||U.S. Census, Internal Revenue Service, Maine Department of Education, and others.||This report summarizes findings about general demographics, population change, housing distribution, age structure, single mother households, racial/ethnic composition, migration, education, income and home values, poverty, low-income seniors, disconnecte||State||State||https://www.jtgfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/JTGF-Carsey-Report-1-Demographic-Profile-of-Maine-June-2012.pdf||Report||2012||N/A|
|2||Communities and People||U.S. Census||Population, Education, Housing, Income and Wages, Poverty, Industry||U.S. Census, American Community Survey, Annual Economic Surveys, Annual Surveys of Governments, Census of Governments, Economic Census, EEO Tabulation, Population Estimate Program||Demographic and economic data by state, county, City/Municipality, town, or zip code. Training on how to access the data is available: https://www.census.gov/data/academy.html||Census tract||All||https://data.census.gov/cedsci/||Online Statistics||2019||Excel||N/A|
|3||Communities and People||Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)||Population, Violence and Injuries||U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics||Data and product finder allows user to search by keyword, topics (publication series), or data collection (surveys).||State||State||https://www.bjs.gov/latestreleases.cfm||Dataset, Report||2021||pdf, Excel||N/A|
|4||Communities and People||Census Business Builder||Population, Geographic (GIS), Income and Wages, Industry||American Community Survey||U.S. Census Bureau Website, has two editions; Small Business Edition and Regional Analyst Edition. Can find specific community, population, and economic data.||Census tract||All||https://www.census.gov/data/data-tools/cbb.html||Map, Graph/Chart, Data Table, Interactive Data Dashboard||2019||n/a||N/A|
|5||Communities and People||Census Data Profiles||Population, Education, Housing, Income and Wages, Poverty, Industry||2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimates.||Most frequently requested social, economic, housing, and demographic data" by state, county, City/Municipality, town, or zip code -- links to FactFinder||City/Municipality||National, State, County, City/Municipality/Municipality||https://www.census.gov/acs/www/data/data-tables-and-tools/data-profiles/2019/||Data Table, Dataset||2019||pdf, Excel||N/A|
|6||Communities and People||Census Flows Mapper||Population, Geographic, Children, Adults, General||American Community Survey||This tool can be utilized to map county-to-county migration flows country wide.||County||County||https://flowsmapper.geo.census.gov/||Map, Graph/Chart, Data Table, Interactive Data||2018||Excel||N/A|
|7||Communities and People||DATAUSA||Population, Income and Wages, Poverty, Industry, Post Secondary, General Health, Social Determinants||American Community Survey, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, University of Wisconsin County Health Rankings, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, and O*NET skills.||The DATAUSA website houses a comprehensive collection of interactive data visualizations using U.S. public data. Caveats about interpreting data are clearly stated on the "data" tab. Places can be easily compared to one another.||Census tract||All||https://datausa.io/||Interactive Data Dashboard, Graph/Chart, Map||2018||pdf, image, Excel||N/A|
|8||Communities and People||Disability Statistics||General Health||American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, others||Has a variety of information regarding disabilities in America and different states, including disability reports for each state and some territories.||County||Country, State||http://www.disabilitystatistics.org/||Report, Interactive Data Dashboard, Online Statistics||2018||pdf, HTML||N/A|
|9||Communities and People||IPUMS||Demographics||Census Public Use Microdata||IPUMS provides census and survey data integrated across time and space. This is a technical resource and users must create an account to use and extract data.||Census tract||All||https://www.ipums.org/||Graph/Chart||2019||Excel||N/A|
|10||Communities and People||Kids Count Data Center||Population, Children, Emerging Adults||National KIDS Count, Maine Children's Alliance||Maine indicators by basic demographics, age group, race and ethnicity/Municipality, family nativity, employment and income, public assistance, housing, poverty, education, and more. Custom maps and graphs can be created from the website.||Census tract||All||http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data#ME/2/0/char/0||Data Table, Dataset, Graph/Chart, Map||2019||Excel, image||N/A|
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