The Place Database is a map of the United States that uses the PolicyMap platform to visualize the latest available data for dozens of indicators, ranging from housing affordability to brownfield sites to federal government spending. Many datasets in this data visualization tool include several years’ worth of data, so the user can see how things have changed over time. The user can zoom out to see certain data at the state level, or zoom in to see data as close as the block group. Datasets in the tool come from a variety of resources, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, and the National Conservation Easement Database. The tool also includes zoning maps for 105 cities, and detailed fiscal information about the 150 cities in our Fiscally Standardized Cities database (FISC).
Datasets are updated throughout the year as more recent data becomes available. The Lincoln Institute continuously looks for relevant datasets to add to the tool. New datasets available in Fall 2019 include population and race.
The Place Database makes data about U.S. communities, cities, and states more accessible and visually compelling. The tool can be used by researchers, journalists, students, and the general public for many different purposes.
- Video Tutorial
- Description of Available Data
- Cities With Zoning Data
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