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The Place Database

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2018 12:41 PM

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This database is freely available to the general public via the Internet.


The Place Database is a map of the United States which uses the PolicyMap platform to visualize the latest available data for dozens of indicators—ranging from housing affordability, to brownfield sites, to federal government spending. The database overs a number of datasets include several years’ worth of data, to see how things have changed over time. There are zoom features to see certain data at the state level, to see data as close as the block group. Datasets in the tool come from a variety of resources, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, and the National Conservation Easement Database. The tool also includes zoning maps for 105 cities, and detailed fiscal information about the 150 cities in the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Fiscally Standardized Cities database (FISC).

The Place Database is free to use, and the visualizations can be easily shared with a unique link via email or on social media.

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