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 “We are excited to make our data more widely available to a broad range of users with the launch of the new interactive map and data compendium,” said Dory Rand, President of Woodstock Institute. “Now, users can independently analyze data assembled by Woodstock Institute in order to better understand challenges facing Illinois and design effective solutions. We hope that this resource will be used for projects that advance economic security and community prosperity.”
The interactive map shows patterns of economic data at the level of Census tracts, counties, and core-based statistical areas in the State of Illinois. With this data, individual users and organizations can observe the geographic distribution of economic trends that go as far back as 2008 for some datasets. The information available covers data on housing, mortgages, employment, income, and jobs for the entire state. The map makes it easy to detect neighborhood-level trends and understand how they relate to larger geographies, such as counties or Illinois. In addition to viewing this data on the map, users and organizations also have the option to download the corresponding data for their own purposes.
The data compendium is a catalog of datasets and relevant metadata assembled by Woodstock Institute and the former Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC), a nonprofit active in the Chicago region from 1990-2011. The website makes it easy for users to discover data by searching for datasets by data format, theme, content source, or keyword.
A sample of the datasets in the interactive map and data compendium includes:

  • Poverty levels
  • Average loan values for mortgages
  • Changes in long-term vacancies
  • Employment rates
  • The amount of foreclosure filings

In addition to the new tools released today, Woodstock Institute also hosts an interactive data portal that displays community-level data visualizations.
“Woodstock Institute provides a comprehensive spectrum of data services through the new interactive map, data compendium, interactive data portal, research reports, and technical assistance,” said Rand. “Whether you’re a community organizer trying to quickly understand areas of need or a researcher seeking raw data for an analytic model, Woodstock Institute data services can help you get the information you need.”
The interactive map was created by DevelopmentSeed and is powered by MapBox/TileMill. The data compendium was created by Alex Byrnes and is powered by CKAN.
For more information, contact Katie Buitrago at or 312-368-0310.