This page contains a non-exhaustive list of sources from federal, state, and municipal governments where you can locate data provided by the government. There are some other government data sources listed on other pages in this guide as well. Be sure to check them out too!
This box contains a list of some sources where you can find data from various federal government departments. This is not an exhaustive list.
Many states and municipalities provide publicly-accessible data repositories for the data they are required to make available to the public (and then occasionally some other data sets.) A few are listed below, and you can often locate data for a specific state or municipality by searching for the state or city name + "data."
NYC Open Data is one of the most robust examples of an open municipal data source. (You can also find some of these data sets through the NYS portal and data.gov, but this is the most comprehensive site.) Below is a link to the NYC Open Data portal, along with an article from April 2020 that discusses how publicly available trash pickup data from the Department of Sanitation could be used as a predictor to figure out which neighborhoods had the most people leave the city during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.