Geo-Spatial Data Resources
Geo-Spatial Data Resources are organized into four topic areas; Public Health Resources, GIS Data, Social Determinants of Health Resources, and Environmental Health Data Resources. Follow the links under your area of interest below to find publicly available datasets that are available for download and use in GIS.
These resources include links to publicly available health-related data sets. A few examples of what can be found in the links below include data on various diseases and conditions and on health behaviors, health resources, rural health, health indicators, mortality, and morbidity.
- Area Health Resource File (AHRF)
The Area Health Resources Files (AHRF) data are designed to be used by planners, policymakers, researchers, and others interested in the nation’s health care delivery system and factors that may impact health status and health care in the United States.
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Localized health information that can help public health practitioners identify local emerging health problems, plan and evaluate local responses, and efficiently allocate resources to specific needs.
- CDC Data and Statistics by Topic
- CDC WONDER
WONDER online databases utilize a rich ad-hoc query system for the analysis of public health data.
- Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI)
CDI enables public health professionals and policymakers to retrieve uniformly defined state and selected metropolitan-level data for chronic diseases and risk factors that have a substantial impact on public health.
- Compressed Mortality Files—County-level national mortality and population (CDC NCHS)
- County Bridged Race Population Estimates 1990–2016 (CDC NCHS)
- County Health Rankings (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin)
Measures of vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births in nearly every county in America.
Data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.
- Guide to Cancer Statistics and Resources (National Cancer Institute)
Cancer data, precalculated statistics, and interactive tools.
- Guidelines for Working with Small Numbers (DOH) [PDF – 581 KB]
These guidelines address both confidentiality and statistical issues in working with small numbers.
- Health Data Tools and Statistics
A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries.
- Health Data, Tools & Statistics (phpartners.org)
- Health Resources & Services Administration Data Warehouse (HRSA)
The HRSA Data Warehouse provides maps, data, reports and interactive dashboards to the public.
- Health United States—Annual publication on demographic trends in health statistics (CDC NCHS)
- NCHS Urban-Rural Classification Scheme for Counties
- National Program of Cancer Registries
Cancer Incidence 1999 – 2014.
- Public-Use Data Files for NCHS Surveys (CDC National Center for Health Statistics)
Data sources for public health.
- National Cancer Institute State Cancer Profiles
Interactive graphics and maps provide support for deciding where to focus cancer control efforts.
- Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts
Interactive map with state level social, health, and economic data.
- National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)
Provides information on cancer statistics in an effort to reduce the cancer burden among the U.S. population.
- Surveys and Data Collection Systems – NHANES, NHES, etc.(CDC NCHS)
- PLACES: Local Data for Better Health
PLACES, a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation, allows local health departments and jurisdictions regardless of population size and urban-rural status to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related outcomes in their areas and assist them in planning public health interventions.
- The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care Data Downloads
Geographic and research files and tools including crosswalk, coding trends, and longitudinal research files.
The links below lead to various sources of GIS boundary files and population data.
- ACS Data Tables on data.census.gov
- Cartographic Boundary Files – Shapefile (census.gov)
- Data and Maps (ESRI)
- Geospatial Data Gateway (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)
- Guide to State Geospatial Data Resources (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- HUD USPS ZIP Crosswalk Files
- International Geospatial and Attribute Links (University of Arkansas)
- Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Population Data (U.S. Census Bureau)
- Mineral Resources Online Spatial Data—Geology, basins, minerals (USGS)
- Stanford Geospatial Center (Websites for Digital GIS Data, Stanford University)
- The National Map (USGS)
- U.S. Census Aggregate Data and GIS Boundary Files 1790–2010 (National Historical Geographic Information System and University of Minnesota)
- U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: United States
- ZIP Code to ZCTA Crosswalk – UDS Mapper
These resources include links that point to data, maps, statistics, and information related to the social determinants of health.
- Am I Rural? Urban/rural status by address tool (Rural Health Information Hub)
- Atlas of Rural and Small Town America (USDA Economic Research Service)
- County Typology Code (for economic dependence and social policy themes) (USDA Economic Research Service)
- Data Products (USDA Economic Research Service)
- Food Environment Atlas (USDA Economic Research Service)
- RUCA V2.0 (Rural-Urban Commuting Area) Census Tract Data (USDA Economic Research Service)
- RUCA V2.0 (Rural-Urban Commuting Area) Zip Code Data (University of Washington Rural Health Research Center)
- Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (U.S. Census Bureau)
- Small Area Income Poverty Estimates (U.S. Census Bureau)
- Social Determinants of Health (CDC)
- US Census Bureau Data–Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Economic Census, Population Estimates
The links below lead to data related to environmental health. Examples of what can be found include data on Superfund sites, access to parks, air quality, water quality, and much more.