The Utah Community Data Project recently launched its updated online system for community-level demographic, housing and socioeconomic data. The system utilizes state-of-the-art software that helps users easily visualize and interact with information gathered from a variety of public and private sources. A growing selection of data profiles is available for a variety of geographies, including cities, census tracts and political districts.

“The Utah Community Data Project is a great example of how the state’s flagship university serves the people of Utah,” said David Pershing, president of the University of Utah. “Its work collecting and turning complex data into easily navigable graphics and demographic breakdowns will serve local government and nonprofit agencies well into the future.  More easily accessible and understandable information has the potential to improve the lives of all of the state’s citizens.”

The Utah Community Data Project, or UCDP, is housed within the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at that University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, and it was designed to collect, store and disseminate data to help policy-makers gain valuable insight into Utah communities and shifting trends. The UCDP is on track to build a neighborhood-level information system that is unprecedented in its breadth of information, and in its means of “democratizing data” so that Utahns from all walks of life can access valuable, academically defensible and transparent data.

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