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Who We Are

In 1978, the State Data Center (SDC) Program began as a cooperative agreement between the states and the U.S. Bureau of the Census.  State Data Centers assist the Census Bureau by disseminating Census and other federal statistics.

The Indiana State Data Center makes the Census as well as other federal and state statistics on such topics as demographics and economics available through a statewide network of affiliates located in state agencies, universities, libraries, local planning agencies, small business development centers, and non-profit organizations.

Management and leadership for the Indiana State Data Center Program is provided by one Lead Agency,  the State Data Center at the Indiana State Library, and three Coordinating Agencies: the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business (Indianapolis and Bloomington), the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD), and the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC).

What We Do

We provide data and training services to all sectors of the community including government agencies, businesses, academia, non-profit organizations, and private citizens.  Our products and services are used in marketing, economic development, community planning and analysis, grant writing, business start-ups, and much more.

What We Have

We maintain a collection of current and historical statistical resources with emphasis on the US Census and other federal and state statistical sources.

Important: the State Data Center's physical collection at the Indiana State Library is not included in the library's catalog.  For specific questions about the collection, please contact us directly.

Much current statistical data is available through both federal and state agencies via the Internet, but many projects require data which is only available in print.  If you are unsure of what sort of resources might be available for your project, please feel free to contact the State Data Center at the Indiana State Library.

The State Data Center also provides training workshops on accessing and using Census electronic products and private consultations on data use and data definitions.  To inquire about possible training opportunities or private consultations, please email the State Data Center Coordinator.

Data Available

Examples of resources in the State Data Center's collection include:

  • Historical Census Publications:
    • The Decennial Census of Population and Housing from 1790 to 2000
    • Various other Census Bureau surveys (two examples include the Economic Censuses and the Censuses of Agriculture)
    • Census maps from the early 1900s through the present
  • Current and historical statistical data (on the Internet, in book form, microforms, CD-ROMs, DVDs) from non-Census resources
  • Miscellaneous files collected from a variety of sources
  • State Data Center web page with links to all kinds of Indiana-specific information and data, organized by topic

Note for Genealogists

The State Data Center does not provide names from the historical census or other information useful for genealogical research. 

Please contact the Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library for help with genealogical research.

Important Links

US Census Bureau (Factfinder)
Indiana Business Research Center (STATS Indiana)
Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD) (Hoosiers by the Numbers)
Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC)
State Data Center Workshops and Events

Contact the State Data Center

Indiana State Data Center
Indiana State Library
140 North Senate Ave
Indianapolis IN 46204-2296

PHONE: 317-232-3733
FAX: 317-232-3728

Email Reference: Ask the Indiana Data Center

The State Data Center is supported by the Institute of Museum and library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State of Indiana.

Updated 09/23/11