Get Your Data Sets
First we provide links to individual studies that allow for data download. Then we provide links to Centers and Libraries that have a large collection of data available for download.
General Social Survey 1972 - 2000 Cumulative CodebookThe GSS (General Social Survey) is an almost annual, "omnibus," personal interview survey of U.S. households conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). The first survey took place in 1972 and since then more than 38,000 respondents have answered over 3,260 different questions. Data can be directly downloaded from this page.
American National Election Studies The American National Election Studies (ANES) produces high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists who want to better understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of national election outcomes. Central to this mission is the active involvement of the ANES research community in all phases of the project. Data can be directly downloaded from this page
Panel Study of Income Dynamics The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), begun in 1968, is a longitudinal study of a representative sample of U.S. individuals (men, women, and children) and the family units in which they reside. It emphasizes the dynamic aspects of economic and demographic behavior, but its content is broad, including sociological and psychological measures. Data can be directly downloaded from this page.
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) is a nationally representative study that explores the causes of health-related behaviors of adolescents in grades 7 through 12 and their outcomes in young adulthood. Add Health seeks to examine how social contexts (families, friends, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and communities) influence adolescents' health and risk behaviors. Data can be directly downloaded from this page.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey is a population-based survey designed to collect information on the health and nutrition of the U.S. household population. Data can be directly downloaded from this page.
Current Population Survey The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years. The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. The sample is scientifically selected to represent the civilian noninstitutional population. Respondents are interviewed to obtain information about the employment status of each member of the household 15 years of age and older. However, published data focus on those ages 16 and over. The sample provides estimates for the nation as a whole and serves as part of model-based estimates for individual states and other geographic areas. Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. They are available by a variety of demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment. They are also available by occupation, industry, and class of worker. Supplemental questions to produce estimates on a variety of topics including school enrollment, income, previous work experience, health, employee benefits, and work schedules are also often added to the regular CPS questionnaire. Data is available for download from this page
The Odum Institute Data Archive (UNC)The Institute maintains the country's third-largest archive of computer-readable social science data. Holdings include national and international economic, electoral, demographic, financial, health, public opinion, and other types of data to meet a variety of research and teaching needs.
Social Science Data and Software: Stanford SSDS has a variety of options including:
DEWI is a web-based application for accessing social science numeric data. It incorporates codebook information, allowing users to browse variables or search for them by keywords. Variables of interest can be selected, extracted, and downloaded to your computer in a variety of formats with popular statistical software. DEWI datasets are selected from the Stanford University Libraries' collection. Find out more about this unique system on our DEWI page or connect directly to DEWI at http://dewi.stanford.edu.
Listing of Numeric Data and Databases at Stanford University
Listing of Statistics Sources at Stanford
Sources of Comparative International Statistics
GSB List of Statistical Databases
GSB List of Statistics Sites
U.S. Census Bureau Provides access to DataFerrett. DataFerrett is a tool and data librarian that searches and retrieves data across federal, state, and local surveys, executes customized variable recoding, creates complex tabulations and business graphics. Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, American Community Survey, American Housing Survey, Small Area Income Poverty Estimates, Population Estimates, Economic Census Areawide Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics data, Centers for Disease Control data, and more. Data can be directly downloaded through DataFerrett.
Social Science Data ArchiveCESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives) promotes the acquisition, archiving and distribution of electronic data for social science teaching and research in Europe. It encourages the exchange of data and technology and fosters the development of new organisations in sympathy with its aims. This site includes US sources of data. Data is available for download from this page.
International Social Science Archives CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives) promotes the acquisition, archiving and distribution of electronic data for social science teaching and research in Europe. It encourages the exchange of data and technology and fosters the development of new organisations in sympathy with its aims. Data is available for download from this page.
Political Science (West Virginia) Provides a list of available data sources from many of the leading sources of data available on the internet. Data is available for download from this page.
Social Science Archives (UCSD) Provides access to 156 sites that have numeric
data ready to download. Also has a Searchable Catalogs of Data that includes 52 catalogs and lists of data from data libraries, archives, vendors. Data Archives
provide access to 52 Data Libraries and Data Archives worldwide. Data is available for download from this page