Welcome to the Utah Community Data Project (UCDP)
An online system of community‐level demographic, housing, and socioeconomic data, indicators, and profiles.
This is a collaborative effort among multiple units at the University of Utah, with principal design and management functions at the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) in the David Eccles School of Business.
Below is the video from the Salt Lake City Mayor's Carpe Datum: ‘Seize the Data' Summit featuring a presentation by UCDP's director, Dr. Pam Perlich:
Utah is in the midst of an unprecedented demographic and economic transformation. The impacts of this change on our communities and neighborhoods vary widely. Data at the state and county level can’t illuminate these neighborhood conditions. As a result, community-level data are in high demand. While many states and communities throughout the nation have programs similar to what we are building, no such system currently exists in Utah. UCDP will fill this void.
UCDP will collect, store, and disseminate community data in an online system that is rich in graphic, tabular, and mapped information. We will work with community partners to design and implement a suite of community indicators measuring economic stability, educational achievement, health status, affordable housing opportunities, and more. Our data will be available to everyone, from everyday citizens curious about their neighborhoods to small businesses exploring new markets to large institutions crafting our public policies. Our goal is to democratize data to improve understanding of our communities.
Some of the content we plan to provide includes
- Raw datasets from federal, state, and local governments as well as private entities about Utah communities
- Computed analytical metrics and measures based on these raw datasets
- Independent estimates
- Integration of interpretation across datasets
- Community profiles and comparisons
- Historical data through projections
This is our proof-of-concept site; it features limited mapping functionality and preliminary demographic profiles for communities in Utah. More data and mapping capabilities will be added on an ongoing basis, with a rollout to fuller functionality starting in the Fall of 2013.