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Accessing The Atlanta Research Data Center

This guide was created to provide Tulane affiliates with information about how to access the Atlanta Research Data Center. Access is provided by the Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in the Murphy Institutue.

The Murphy Institute invites Tulane researchers to access restricted U.S. Census data free of charge from the Atlanta Research Data Center (ARDC.)

In partnership with The Murphy Institute’s Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Tulane has joined with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and several southern universities to provide access to confidential, otherwise unavailable data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, the Social Security Administration and other federal agencies.

Who can I contact about this resource?

For additional information, contact Melissa Banzhaf, ARDC Administrator, at  or the Murphy Institute at

What is the Atlanta Research Data Center?

Located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the ARDC is part of a network of secure computing labs where qualified researchers can access confidential economic, demographic, and public health microdata provided by the U.S. Census Bureau or partner agencies. These include the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). For a complete list of partner agencies and available datasets, visit the ARDC website.

Fellow consortium members are Emory University, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Florida State University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Vanderbilt University.

What categories of data can I access?

Census Bureau Data

Economic data pertain to censuses and surveys of business establishments and firms. With very few exceptions, no public-use files exist for these surveys, including trade and transactions data.

Demographic data come from censuses and surveys of households and individuals. Most of these datasets are released as public-use files, but the versions in the secure RDC are not the public-use versions. These restricted RDC versions include a more complete geography (in some cases down to the block). Also, items such as income are often not top-coded. Individual identifiers such as name, address, and social security number have been removed.

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) data use unemployment insurance records to match employer data with employee data.

UMETRICS data comprise microdata on research grants and projects linked to census data on employment and employers.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Data

All BLS restricted data available to researchers are based on released data.

Bureau of Economic Analysis Data

BEA collects company data about international transactions, foreign direct investment, the activities of multinational enterprises, and trade in services.

Health Data

ARDC provides access to restricted the National Center for Health Statistics and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality datasets for approved proposals. To obtain approval, submit a proposal to the appropriate agency.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS):

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

Historical Data

RDC Datasets Available by Topic

Additional information on the following datasets, can be found in the lists of Economic Datasets or Demographic Datasets.

Crime and Criminal Justice

The National Crime Victimization Survey collects information from individuals on the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization.

The Criminal Justice Administrative Records System is a nationally integrated repository of data following individuals through the criminal justice system.

The American Housing Survey collects respondents' perceptions of neighborhood crime and vandalism.

In topical modules, the Survey of Income and Program Participation collects respondents' perceptions of neighborhood crime and children's safety and preventive measures taken.

If a household moved in last year, the Current Population Survey collects information on the reason for the move and whether "better neighborhood/less crime" is one of the survey responses.

The 1992 Characteristics of Business Owners asks business owners how crime affected the profitability of their business.


The American Housing Survey collects detailed information on housing topics, such as size and quality of housing stock and occupants' characteristics.

The American Community Survey collects information on physical and financial characteristics of respondents' housing.

Decennial Surveys (1950–2010) collect information on the physical and financial characteristics of respondents' housing from the long-form census.

In topical modules, the Survey of Income and Program Participation collects information on the financial characteristics of respondents' housing and other real estate they own.

The Current Population Survey collects information on financial characteristics of respondents' housing.

The Survey of Business Owners (1982–2012) asks business owners if their business was started or expanded with home equity loan and whether the business operated from the home.

Small Business/Self Employment

The Integrated Longitudinal Business Database is a database containing both employers and nonemployers (that is, businesses with no employees). It tracks businesses as they transition from nonemployer to employer status.

The Survey of Business Owners/Characteristics of Business Owners looks at economic and demographic characteristics of business owners. It contains questions on firm history, business conditions, and source of financing, and it covers businesses with and without employees.

The Longitudinal Business Database is a time series tracking firm entries and exits starting in 1976. It contains data on firm size and age and can be merged with other census data.

An internal version of the Kauffman Firm Survey can be linked to restricted census economic datasets. The panel survey comprises 4,928 businesses and was founded in 2004.

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