Finding the facts and accessing statistical data to support your cause requires reliable sources. Below are Web sites that you can turn to for data about New Jersey, its people, communities and public issues of concern.
NJ 2-1-1 Callers and the Needs they Express
NJ 2-1-1 Statistical Reports - NJ 2-1-1 responds to callers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The vast majority of calls received are from people who are in need of help and looking for information about services that are available in our state. While we never record a caller's identity, we do keep statistics on each caller's demographics and the needs expressed so that government officials and helping professionals will be guided by this information as they create programs and services to assist those in need. Our data is tabulated monthly and is organized by fiscal year (July 1-June 30). See our most recent report.
The federal government provides quick statistical facts about the population in NJ or any other state and offers options that will allow you to dig deeper to find other facts regarding demographics, social, economic and housing characteristics. In addition to the category search that visitors can submit, searches can also provide these details for individual counties, cities and congressional districts.
Supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count is a nationwide, multi-state initiative that uses data to improve the well being of children. The KIDS COUNT Data Center provides detailed information about the kids and families including data for states, cities, counties, and school districts.
Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is an organization that researches issues and writes nationally acclaimed reports about issues affecting children. Among its many initiatives, the organization publishes Kids Count reports measuring the well-being of children in New Jersey. New Jersey Kids Count tracks a variety of indicators in 10 areas including poverty, health, child protection and school. This website provides tables where you can access county-level data and data on the major cities in our state; customized data that will provide tools needed to develop maps, graphs, and profiles on NJ and other states; and in-depth publications that focus on issues and geographic areas.
2014 County Profiles and Rankings is another publication from Kids Count. This compares NJ counties on 15 measures, including child poverty, health, safety, and education.
Find Uniform Crime Reports, Carjacking Offense Reports, fatal accident statistics and crime index trends in our state from the New Jersey State Police.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information on the labor force in the state and larger metropolitan areas with the state.
The NJ Department of Education provides data on NJ school enrollment, aid summaries, and assessment reports
Facing our Future
Coordinated by the Council of NJ Grantmakers, Facing Our Future is an independent, objective effort to build understanding about New Jersey's systemic fiscal problems, to stimulate formed public discussion about the impact of those problems on our state's future, and to trigger action to address the need for systemic change. The report states, "NJ government at all levels continues to have large gaps between revenues and increasing service demands. We are several years into a slow degradation of services, and face challenges resulting from the on-going contraction of services and the end of high-quality services we have long accepted - and expected - in NJ" and goes on to identify more than one dozen specific, measurable options for consideration across all levels of NJ government. Read the full report.
The Center for Health Statistics is under the direction of the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. The site provides data fact sheets, reports, and assessments.
The Health Indicators Warehouse (HIW) serves as the data hub for the HHS Community Health Data Initiative. It contains standardized health outcome and health determinant indicators along with associated evidence-based interventions, which can be easily displayed, and will benefit a broad variety of users. The HIW is a collaboration of many agencies and offices within the Department of Health and Human Services. It is maintained by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. To learn more visit the HIW website or e-mail them directly.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ hosts a site called HealthyNJ where you will find a full listing of health-related data sources.
The National Center for Health Statistics website is managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The site offers statistics on topics like diseases and conditions, injuries, life stages, population, health care and insurance. Features include a multitude of surveys and data collection systems, QuikStat of the Week and popular press releases.
Managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Child Development Data & Statistics offers many helpful links for statistics related to child and family development with a particular focus on health and well-being and current related trends.
The New Jersey Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology page of the Department of Health website provides data on trends related to early prenatal care, breastfeeding, pregnancy risks, fetal-infant mortality, maternal mortality and other related topics.
The Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health website includes national and state-level data on hundreds of child health indicators. You can browse or search by keywords and topics to retrieve interactive data tables and graphs which allow users to select, view, compare, and download survey data results for the nation, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the 10 HRSA regions. These standardized national, state and regional level population data are specifically designed to assist states with child health needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, policy and standards development, monitoring, training, applied research and development of systems of care for children and youth.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has data on the cost of housing by Congressional district.
Learn more about homelessness in New Jersey by reading New Jersey Interagency Council on Homelessness Final Report.
The Poverty Research Institute (NJPRI), established by Legal Services of NJ in 1997, is exclusively focused on providing current information about poverty in New Jersey.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Office of Applied Studies provides the latest national data on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drug abuse; drug-related emergency department episodes and medical examiner cases; and the nation's substance abuse treatment system.
The NJ Division of Addiction Services also compiles data and formulates reports that provide in-depth county specific analysis.
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