New York City Numeric and Spatial Data

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Population Characteristics                     Imagery and Maps           

City Services and Transportation            Economic Activity

Buildings, Streets and Land                   Health and Vital Statistics

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Population Characteristics

From the U.S. Census Bureau

     Geographies used by the Census Bureau:


 New York City
(listed as a place)


(listed by county name)


 Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA)
(use for Community Districts, see map)

(Decennial 100% data only)

 ZCTA - approximation of zip codes


     Spatial Data

     Data tables

  • Population Counts (totals and totals by race and Hispanic Origin)
  • Socio-Demographic Details (estimates for characteristics like education, occupation, income and many more)
  • Data sources common to all these products are:

FROM New York City Planning (NYC DCP)

      For insight into NYC geographies refer to NYC DCP's New York City: A City of Neighborhoods

     Geographies used by NYC Planning


 NYC and Boroughs


 Neighborhood Tabulation Areas
(introduced with 2010 data)


 Community Districts
(an aggregation of tracts)


(same as Community Districts)


NYC Council Districts


ZCTA - approximates zip codes
(in ACS, only in 5-year estimates)

     Spatial Data

     Data Tables

  • From NYCPL, 2010 Census (with % change for 2000)
    Note: characteristics limited to age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, household type,
    owner/renter status, and occupancy status.
  • From NYCPL, American Community Survey
    ACS data tables are not current.  Use AFF or Social Explorer.
  • From NYCPL, 2000 Census (with % change for 1990)
    Profiles (in PDF format), data tables and maps.
  • InfoShare, a commercial product that publishes data using NYC DCP geographies
    Data is available for Census 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 and current ACS 5 year estimates file.

    For geographic areas not specific to NYC, AFF, Social Explorer and NHGIS can be used.


City Services & Agencies

  • Transportation Data (retrieve from the CU Spatial Data Catalog)
    • Ridership for on buses, subway and Port Authority rail (more current ridership can be found in NYC Open Data in PDF format.)
    • Routes for bus, commuter rail, freight rail, subway, and trucks
    • Station locations for bus, rail and subway
  • Crime statistics
  • NYC OpenData
    • 311 complaints
    • School Progress Report (for School District Boundaries use Bytes of the Big Apple)
  • Facilities and Programs (from Bytes of the Big Apple)
    • Point data for city facilities including schools, libraries, recreation centers, police, fire, courts, correctional facilities, and health care facilities.

Buildings, Streets and Land

  • Map Pluto
    • Tax parcel data and geography with attributes including land use.
  • DOITT Department of Information Technology & Communications
    • NYCity Map GIS Layers
      includes: building footprints, street center lines, pavement edge, hydrology, open space, rail lines, roadbeds, shoreline, and elevation.
  • DCPLion Address Locator (zip), a single line street base maps with pre-built address locators
  • Topography
  • Facilities and Program Sites from Bytes of the Big Apple
    • City facilities including: schools, libraries, recreation centers, police, fire, courts, correctional facilities, and health care facilities.
  • Furman Center For Real Estate & Urban Policy
    • Subsidized Housing Information Project (SHIP) reports on the characteristics of subsidized housing including location of such properties and type of subsidy.
    • New York City Housing and Neighborhood Information System (NYCHANIS) reports on demographic data, socio-economic data and housing data (including foreclosures).
  • New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey

Imagery and Maps

Economic Activity

  • County/Zip Code  Business Patterns (data reported annually)
  • Economic Census (data reported  for years ending in 2 and 7)
    • # of establishments and employees;
      for some industries also value added, cost of supplies, value of shipments and more
    • Smallest geography used for reporting is county
    • Data tables available in CU Data Catalog; search phrase, economic census.
    • County boundary files are available from New York State Open Data.
  • Labor Data

Health and Vital Statistics

  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Their Data and Statistics Surveys page lists all their products. Data access varies by product and can be via their EpiQuery interactive web site, direct download of pubic use files and/or printed reports 
    • New York City Community Health Survey 2002-forward
      • Annual survey to assess health status.
      •  Site includes links to Public Use files and to the EpiQuery interactive web interface.
    • Other EpiQuery Interactive Health Data
      • Communicable Disease Surveillance System (CDSS) 2000-forward
      • Vital Statistics Death/Mortality 2000-forward
      • NYC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 1997-forward
      • NYC Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2004
      • World Trade Center Health Registry Baseline Survey 2003-2004
      • Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2000-2009
    • CU Spatial Data Catalog
      Health data is reported by United Hospital Fund Areas.
  • InfoShare
    • Data from NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
      Death/mortality & births 1988-1999. with limited data on births after 1999, by borough, Community District, UHF Area.
    • Data from NYS Department of Health
      Hospital Admissions 1994-current, by various NYC geographies. Physician Counts, 1995 & 2007.
    • CU Spatial Data Catalog
      Search either UHF or InfoShare boundaries.

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