UK Appalachian Center Data Bank

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What is the Appalachian Data Bank?
The University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Data Bank is an on-line resource containing key quality-of-life indicators for Appalachian Kentucky.  It also provides tools for the analysis of socio-economic trends in Appalachian Kentucky.

A number of organizations provide useful data on the central Appalachian region, most notably the Southern Rural Development Center to the Appalachian Regional Commission.  The Appalachian Data Bank supplements these data sources by providing a broad range of data specifically targeting Kentucky’s Appalachian region. We present these data in a format that enables you to quickly compare county, regional, state and national trends. While we have begun by targeting Kentucky’s Appalachian counties as our base for comparison, we plan to expand the project to include Appalachian counties in other states as well.

What Data Sources Are Included?
The Appalachian Data Bank and Appalachian Snapshots draws on data from a variety of sources.  We have begun with basic census data for a couple of reasons.  First, it is the quickest and easiest to gather.  Second, it is more complete than many other sources, particularly for regions with small area data challenges (an issue for most Appalachian counties).  Finally, census data is easily understood and already familiar to most users.  

There are limits to census data, of course.  In 2008, data from 2000 may not be relevant for many users.  For this reason we present more current data sources as well.  Some of the data sources we include in our first year of the project: 

  • American Community Survey
  • County Business Patterns
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates
  • Kentucky State Data Center
  • Kids Count (Community-Level Information on Kids)

How can I get involved?
The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center hopes the Data Bank and associated tools will emerge with broad community input from the range of users it serves.  We encourage feedback and suggestions on potential additional data sets so that we may better serve all of our diverse constituents.  

For more information, please contact Evelyn Knight: eknig0@email.uky.edu

 

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