State-Level Data Resources


Topic:  Health, Mortality, Medical Care
Database Description
United States Mortality Database


Life tables for all US states
Health of the States (HOTS)


State-level data on key health indicators: life expectancy and mortality, birth outcomes, child and adolescent health, sexually transmitted infections, injury fatalities, adult health status, and chronic diseases.
Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE)


State-level data on key health, environment, and socioeconomic indicators including: livable income, affordable housing, education, employment, preschool enrollment, connected youth, crime rates, home ownership, housing quality, air quality, liquor store density, food security, access to primary care and psychiatric care, health insurance coverage, affordable health care, usual source of care, colorectal cancer screening, adult health, mental health, child health, premature mortality, infant mortality, low birth weight.
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps


Includes state-specific data on health behaviors, health, crime, Medicaid, education, cancer prevalence and incidence, public safety.
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care


Using Medicare data, this dataset shows how medical resources are distributed across geographic areas.
State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Includes longitudinal financial and programmatic trends in intellectual and developmental disabilities services.
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts


Includes data on health and health care across 9 categories  (and 800+ variables), including demographics and the economy, health costs and budgets, health coverage and uninsured, health insurance and managed care, health reform, health status, HIV/AIDS, Medicaid and CHIP, and Medicare.
State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System


Contains current and historical data on tobacco use, prevention, and control (e.g., excise taxes and smokefree laws).


Topic: Policies
Database Description
Correlates of State Policy Project


Includes 900+ variables over time, spanning 1900–2016. Variables include state policies and the political, social, and economic factors that influence policy differences across states.
State Education Policy Tracking


Includes 15 topical areas: accountability, arts, assessment, attendance, choice, civic education, ESSA, finance, governance, school/campus safety, standards and curriculum, STEM, students and family, teachers and leaders, transitions.
National Association of State Boards of Education, State Policy Database


Contains regulations and practices governing state education systems in two main areas: (1) college, career, and civic readiness, with variables such as academic standards and educator licensure, and (2) health policies related to the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.
National Conference of State Legislatures 50-State Searchable Bill Tracking Database


Includes data on hundreds of bills across numerous topics such as energy, human trafficking, immigration, school choice, family law, campaign finance, disability, employment, and juvenile justice.
Diffusion of Public Policy Innovation Among the American States


Contains data on the diffusion of 171 legislation and public programs among the 48 continental US states during the 19th and 20th centuries.
State Policy and Innovation Database



Includes the year of adoption for 728 policies in the American states, from 1691-2017.
Council of State Governments (Infographics)


Hundreds of info graphics that compare state policies on topics such as: economics and finance, education & work force, elections, energy & environment, federal affairs, health, international, interstate compacts, public safety& justice, transportation.
Council of State Governments (Book of the States)


Contains data since 1935 on topics such as: state constitutions, finances, programs, elections, management and administration, services, intergovernmental affairs, and executive, legislative and judicial branches.
Council of State Governments (States Perform)


Contains data on performance measures in six key areas: fiscal and economic, public safety and justice, energy and environment, transportation, health and human services, and education.
National Center for Interstate Compacts


Contains 1,500+ statutes for state-by-state interstate compact membership on topics such as: agriculture, boundaries, bridges, navigation & port authorities, building construction & safety, child welfare, conservation & environment, corrections & crime control, education, elections, energy, gambling & lotteries, health, health care licensure,  insurance, medical licensure, motor vehicles, parks & recreations, pest control, planning & development, property, public safety, taxation, transportation, water, wildland fire protection
Council of State Governments (Justice Center)


Includes state-specific workbooks that contain 60+ data visualizations, including crime, arrests, recidivism, correctional populations, and other criminal justice system metrics, as well as information about state research capacity and supervision practices
The Policy Surveillance Program


Includes policies related to 17 topics: alcohol, tobacco, & drugs; environmental health; health communication and IT; housing; injury and violence prevention; maternal, infant, and child health; occupational safety and health; public health
Preemption Watch



Contains information on state-level preemption laws in eight domains: discrimination, factory farms, firearms, paid sick days, e-cigarettes, fire sprinklers, nutrition, and smokefree laws.
Food Research and Action Center



Provides data on 22 topic areas including afterschool nutrition programs, CACFP, child nutrition, community eligibility, D-SNAP, economic inequality, farm bill, FARC/AARP course, health, hunger, legislation, Maryland hunger solutions, obesity, rural hunger, school meals, senior hunger, SNAP, SNAP Challenge, SNAP Map, summer nutrition expansion strategies, summer nutrition programs, veteran hunger, and WIC.
Family and Sick Leave Legislation


Includes historical data on the adoption of state legislation granting maternity, parental, family, and sick leave rights and provisions to private and public sector workers.


Topic: Taxation 
Database Description
Tax Credits for Workers and their Families


Includes information on Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Child and Dependent Care Credit
State and Local Finance Initiative


Contains annual state and local expenditures and tax revenues.
State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System


Contains current and historical data on tobacco use, prevention, and control (e.g., excise taxes and smokefree laws).


Topic: Politics and Political Ideology
Database Description
Measuring American Legislatures; Shor-McCarty Ideology Data


Contains information on the ideology of individual state legislators and state legislatures as a whole.


Contains comprehensive information on campaign-donors, lobbyist, and related expenditures.
State Legislative Election Returns Dataset


Contains election returns for all elections (as the unit of analysis) of state legislatures
State Governor’s Dataset


Comprehensive data on state governors; for example, name, whether new or re-elected, gender, party.
State Political Competitiveness Measures


Includes two indices (Ranney Index & Holdbrook & Van Dunk Index) of the competitiveness of the two major political parties
State Partisan Balance Data


Includes number and percent of state legislators who are Democrats and Republicans, party control of state legislatures and governor’s offices, % up for re-election, whether a gubernatorial election, and different measures of party control of state institutions.
State Ideology Data


Includes state-level measures of Citizen Ideology and Government Ideology


Topic: Social and Economic Indicators
Database Description
Social Capital Project


Contain a social capital index for each state, plus all variables in the index including family prosperity, unemployment, male labor force participation, idle teenagers, incarceration rates, median household income, poverty rate, debt collection, housing costs, receipt of public assistance, income inequality, mobility, education, on time graduation rates, physical environment (elevation, temp, rural, density, commute time), migration, internet access, housing (age, affordability, owner occupied), segregation, race/ethnicity, smoking, health indicators (low birth weight, insurance, obesity, disabled, diabetic, mortality, self-reported health, mortality from “deaths of despair”)
Migration Data Hub


Includes state-level immigration data profiles including data on (authorized and unauthorized) immigrate demographics, language and education, workforce, and income.
National Core Indicators


Based on interviews conducted with a person who is receiving services from the state; it is used to gather data on approximately 60 consumer outcomes, such as the activities they participate in within their communities (e.g., employment), their relationships with friends and family, and their health and well-being.
Opportunity Insights


Contains social mobility information, primary on local areas, but also has some information at the state level including, parental income distribution, innovation rates, absolute income mobility, and state life expectancy by gender and income and year
Prison Policy Initiative


Database of incarceration and supervision rates for state residence, by incarceration types (federal, state, local)
Correlates of State Policy Project


Includes 900+ variables over time, spanning 1900–2016. Variables include state policies and the political, social, and economic factors that influence policy differences across states.