Data and Research Resources

Several web-based resources for gathering data and conducting research are available. In addition to those listed below, try our Links page and the Evergreen Online Media Galleries which include the College Archives. Tips for research presentations are included at the bottom of this page.

Education Data

The National Center for Educational Statistics

  • This site hosts the College Navigator (formerly IPEDS COOL), which provides an easy way to look up educational institutions.
  • To download information from multiple institutions, use the IPEDS Data Center

Statewide Public 4-Year Higher Education Dashboard is provided by the State of Washington Office of Financial Management's Education Research and Data Center, as mandated by new legislation (E2SHB 1795) passed by the legislature in spring 2011.

Washington State Report Card provided by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) posts information about Washington educational institutions. See the Planning and Research page.

Population and Demographic Data

The U.S. Census Bureau has population and demographic information by geographic areas (i.e. census tracts, cities, metropolitan statistical areas, counties, zip codes, states, U.S.). The U.S. Census Bureau American FactFinder page gives you quick access to this information. The QuickFacts page is a fast and easy way to look for 2010 census data at several geographic levels.

The Thurston Regional Planning Council provides a document called The Profile. The Profile includes up-to-date population and demographic information at the county, city and tribe levels.

The Puget Sound Regional Council has data primarily for the region that includes King, Pierce, and Kitsap counties. Check their Regional Data and Publications page.

The Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) is a source of both demographic information and information specific to higher education. You can also view the Washington State Data Book, which is a compilation of information from multiple agencies about Washington’s population, economy, government, finance, human services, criminal justice, education, environmental resources, energy, and transportation.

Economic Data

For economic comparisons and information about jobs and wages:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau Economic Census web page provides information about the national, regional, or local economy, including statistics on industry sectors.

Washington State Employment Security Department

Washington State’s Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Performance Committee (LEAP) provides a wealth of fiscal and budget information on its interactive website Washington State Fiscal Information. Detailed data are available at the statewide and individual agency levels.

OFM also has a web page with economic data and an excellent links page.

See also the Puget Sound Regional Council above.

Tips for Research Presentations

The following are resources to aid in planning presentations: