New York Census Research Data Center (NYCRDC)

The NYCRDC operates two secure facilities that provide researchers with the opportunity to engage in approved projects that use the restricted-access microdata collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. One of its facilities is located at Baruch College and the other is located at Cornell University.

The NYCRDC represents the collaborative effort of the Census Bureau and twelve prominent social science research organizations: Baruch College, The City University of New York, Columbia University, Cornell University, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The National Bureau of Economic Research, New York University, Princeton University, The Russell Sage Foundation, the University at Albany of the State University of New York, Syracuse University, and Yale University. The NYCRDC also received generous support from the National Science Foundation (grant SEC-0322902 and grant ITR-0427889) to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

All research proposals must undergo a rigorous and extensive review process before they can be carried out at an RDC. Researchers must be able to demonstrate that projects using Census data benefit the Census Bureau, meet standards of scientific merit and feasibility, and satisfy stringent and confidentiality requirements. Proposals requesting NCHS and AHRQ data must meet criteria outlined by those agencies.

For inquiries regarding access or information about the facility please contact Diane Gibson, Associate Professor and Executive Director, by email at

For more information regarding proposals and the Census RDC program, link to the main NYCRDC web site or the Center for Economic Studies.