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Northwest Federal Statistical Research Data Center

The Northwest FSRDC, or NWFSRDC, is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and the University of Washington (UW) to provide qualified researchers in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with a secure research facility in which to conduct statistical research using non-public data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other U.S. federal statistical agencies and entities. Established in 2012, the NWFSRDC is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences on the UW Seattle Campus and is part of a unique network of over 30 open Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs) located within leading U.S. research institutions.

Through the NWFSRDC, researchers with approved projects are able to analyze linked census and survey microdata of individuals, households, and businesses from the U.S. Census Bureau; restricted health data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA); and other data from a growing collection of data resources from across the federal government. Collaborations with scholars conducting research at other FSRDCs or with federal researchers, including those at the U.S. Census Bureau, are possible through the secure computing environment offered at any FSRDC.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the data available to researchers through FSRDCs and how to apply for access to these data. For a brief and informative overview of the FSRDC program, view the following video:

Available Data Products

The NWFSRDC offers researchers with approved projects access to over 200 restricted survey and administrative datasets not available in the public domain from the U.S. Census Bureau and other partner and collaborating agencies and entities from the U.S. Federal Statistical System.

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User Guidelines

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Accessing the Data

Data available through FSRDCs may only be accessed by qualified researchers on approved projects. The process to acquire access to available datasets requires researchers to satisfy various eligibility requirements, submit for approval a standardized research proposal application, and undergo a background investigation, among other requirements.

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News and Highlights

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