Online, Interactive New Jersey Data Book Launched By Rutgers Center for Government Services
The New Jersey Data Book, an interactive website offering comprehensive, official statistics and information about New Jersey, its people, communities and governments has been launched by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).
The new website, njdatabook.rutgers.edu, represents the full digitization of the New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, a well-respected resource for researchers, government agencies, business, education and advocacy groups, published at Rutgers for the past 39 years. Its new format will enable users to select and compare data of and download tables as Excel spreadsheets.
Users can find current and historic data for the state’s 565 municipalities on area/density, population, poverty, crime, employment, housing, fiscal resources, government expenditures, property tax burden, voter turnout and election results. Data may be searched, compared and downloaded by county, legislative or congressional district.
“History has shown that access to accurate, timely information is fundamental to a healthy participatory democracy,” said CGS Director Alan Zalkind. “The Center for Government Services is proud to make one of the most comprehensive collections of data about New Jersey available to the public in an online format for their use.”
The New Jersey Data Book will offer both raw and calculated data from federal, state and county government sources including the U.S. Census Bureau; the New Jersey departments of State, Labor and Workforce Development, Human Services and Community Affairs; the N.J. divisions of State Police and Taxation; and county Boards of Election, among others.
Data are selected and rigorously reviewed for accuracy by a CGS committee. For full access to the site, users will be asked to register. Registered users will receive annual updates when data become available on the site.
The initial online publication includes statistics for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Data from 2010 and 2011 will be added by the end of the year, and 2000-2009 statistics within 12 months. Data will be updated annually when all official statistics are available. In time, the site will include 40 years of New Jersey statistics from the original data books.
The complete New Jersey Data Book 2014 also will be available in print in October 2014. The print edition can be pre-ordered at njdatabook.rutgers.edu. As protocols for evaluating, collecting and publishing data are refined, new releases will become available.
A unit of the Division of Continuing Studies, CGS is a key research partner for government entities in New Jersey. Its studies and reports have served as catalysts for debate and action in such critical areas as legislative apportionment, public health, housing, tax policy, property taxes and school finance. Its continuing education programs train thousands of state, county and municipal employees annually in such fields as municipal finance, housing inspection and code enforcement, education facilities management, public purchasing, planning and zoning, and municipal administration.
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