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This guide lists key sources of Census data covering both the latest releases from the current 2000 Census and data going back to 1790. Print and electronic sources are included.

Boston Research Data Center Membership: Boston College

Note: It is important to contact the BRDC Administrator ( early on about your prospective project to help you navigate the process and answer your questions.

Proposals may be submitted on a rolling basis. Once approved, researchers become sworn agents of the Census Bureau and work within the BRDC secure facility. Foreign nationals are welcome to participate in the FSRDC program but must have lived in the United States for at least three years. Results intended for circulation in working papers and publications are screened to avoid disclosure of confidential information prior to release from the center. More details can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact  our Economics and Finance liaison Jason Hall.

BRDC Information

The Boston Census Research Data Center (BRDC) is part of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) program and is operated as a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Open since 1994, the BRDC provides qualified researchers the opportunity to perform statistical analysis on non-public microdata from the Census Bureau, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

FSRDC Member Available Data

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Census Bureau
  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

FSRDC List of Federal Partners and Available Data (No approval process required)