Library Resources for Journalism Courses: Data

Data Services at Columbia Libraries

Need help finding data?

Schedule a data consultation with Starr or drop in during the DSSC's open hours.

City Planning & Community Districts

NYC Dept. of City Planning (DCP)
Includes community district profiles & needs (with census tract maps), population reports, & more.

New York City Data


Gathers data from various city agencies. It’s a great place to start, but not every agency posts all their data here.

USA Data


A compilation of data & reports from federal (national) government agencies, covering many topics. Browse the dataset catalog.

Census Data

Find social, economic, & other data using products like the Decennial Census & the ACS. Access options include:

Data Help at Columbia Libraries

Get help finding data or performing statistical analyses!
Schedule a data consultation with your librarian or drop by Research Data Services (RDS). We can help you find and use numeric or geospatial data.

Data Workstations (Journalism Library & Lehman Library)

Consultations in Research Data Services (Lehman Library, IAB-215)

New York City Data Maps

New York City Map

NY City Map (from DoITT): Map a neighborhood or intersection, then find nearby subway stops, schools, hospitals, police precincts, and more (user guide here). Also shows municipal boundaries like community districts & census tracts. Other city data maps include:

Places to Start Research