Welcome to the Utah Data Guide, a newsletter for data users! The Utah Data Guide has been produced as a quarterly newsletter since 1982 when the State of Utah entered into a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Bureau of the Census to join the State Data Center (SDC) program. In the first Utah Data Guide, Governor Scott M. Matheson said, “Our objectives in creating the State Data Center are (1) to provide a central point of reference for obtaining and disseminating Federal Statistical Data from the U.S. Bureau of Census, (2) to facilitate the timely and orderly flow of data within state government, (3) to make data available to local units of government and to the general public.” In the nearly 32 years since the establishment of the Utah SDC, the objectives have remained to the same. The Utah Data Guide has been a forum for disseminating data from the U.S. Census Bureau as well as other Federal and State Government agencies with a focus on the Utah story.

In November 2013, the Utah SDC program moved from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget to a new home within the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) in the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. With this change, the Utah Data Guide will also be changing. Instead of a newsletter produced quarterly, the new Utah Data Guide will be a digital newsletter. This new format will allow data about Utah to be analyzed and disseminated in a timely manner.

The Utah SDC program also provides training and technical assistance in accessing and using Census Bureau data for research, administration, planning, and decision-making by government, business community, university researchers, and other interested data users.

Please feel free to contact me for all your data needs.


Effie Johnson
Utah State Data Center Coordinator