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Chicago Government Information: Statistics & Data

A research guide for Chicago government information


Chicago related general statistics and data sites.

Featured Data

Time Series Data for Chicago, 1840-1973
Numeric dataset from Prof Skogan (NU PoliSci)'s book, Chicago since 1840 : a time-series data handbook (also available in print - call number: L 317.7311 S628), includes a variety of historical social, economic and political data for Chicago (mostly at city level.)

Key Resources

Data Portal : City of Chicago
Find a variety of data from the City of Chicago official site.

Chicago Tribune: Data Center
Maps, applications and databases from Chicago Tribune! "The Tribune's commitment to watchdog reporting includes online resources you can use to learn more about our investigative work and how it affects you, as well as to find information yourself.

If you need municipality-level historical statistics for Chicago (or any cities), try:

  • County & City Data Booksby Univ of Virginia, 1944-2000
    • Population, industry/business, crime, vital statistics, etc.
  • State of the Citiesby HUD, circa 1970-recent
    • Population, crime, business/employment, finance, etc.

Subject Guide

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Anne Zald
Anne Zald
Subjects: Government Information; Social Science Data; Regulatory Compliance
Main Library Room 1214
Northwestern University Library
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Evanston, IL 60208
Skype Contact: anne.zald