Chicago RDC: About Us


The Chicago Research Data Center provides an opportunity for researchers to perform statistical analyses on non-public microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau and other government agencies. The center is a collaboration between the Census Bureau and a consortium consisting of the Federal Reserve Bank of ChicagoNorthwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago

The center is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award # ITR-0427889).

Approved research projects must:

  • Provide benefits to the Census Bureau's data programs
  • Demonstrate scientific merit
  • Satisfy stringent confidentiality requirements

Researchers become sworn agents of the Census Bureau and work inside a secure facility. All output is reviewed to ensure that no confidential data are released.

For more general information about the program, visit the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers website.

News and Events


  • Dr. Bhash Mazumder spoke on WTTW's Chicago Tonight about income inequality.
  • Dr. Chad Syverson discussed his use of Census data in analyzing vertical integration.


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