Kentucky Research Data Center


What is the Kentucky Research Data Center?

The Kentucky Research Data Center (KRDC) is a collaboration between the University of Kentucky and the U.S. Census Bureau established by a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2016. KRDC is part of the nationwide system of Federal Statistical Research Data Centers whose mission is to expand the data infrastructure available to qualified scholars and students with approved projects by providing access to restricted individual- and firm-level data from participating federal statistical agencies. KRDC is maintained by a regional consortium of leading research institutions, including the University of Kentucky, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Louisville. The lab is located on the University of Kentucky campus in the Gatton College of Business and Economics Building.

What does KRDC offer researchers?

KRDC offers researchers the opportunity to use restricted-access federal data to conduct advanced research in fields such as economics, management, business, demography, health, epidemiology, geography, environment, urban planning, political science, sociology, criminology, and more. The advantages of restricted-access data include larger samples, finer levels of geography (in some cases census block and tract levels), additional variables, and more detailed coding of key variables. In addition, many datasets are linked to records from administrative databases.

Interested in KRDC research?

Researchers wishing to use KRDC must develop a project proposal, receive approval for the project, and undergo a security clearance. Visit the KRDC Website ( for an overview of the proposal process and the description of available data. Contact the KRDC Administrator with any questions. The Administrator will help researchers prepare and submit materials for review, and can assist researchers in determining data availability and in preparing high-quality proposals.

Benefits of Consortium Membership

For researchers at one of the consortium institutions, costs for use of the facility are governed under the KRDC consortium agreement. There are no fees charged to approved members of consortium institutions, except for those additional fees assessed by the NCHS and BLS for their data products. If you are not a researcher at one of the KRDC consortium institutions, fees for using the KRDC depend on the amount of time you will need to complete the project.

Direct your inquiries to the KRDC Executive Director for usage fees.

Contact Information

Kentucky Research Data Center
Gatton College of Business and Economics Suite 125H
550 South Limestone Street Lexington, KY 40506-0034

Phone- 859.323.7075

KRDC Executive Director

James P. Ziliak, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky

KRDC Administrator

Charles Hokayem, Ph.D.
U.S. Census Bureau

  • For additional listing of Census economic and demographic data in the RDC see and
  • For listing of NCHS data products see:
  • For a listing of AHRQ products see:
  • Researchers can link some files to CMS claims, National Death Index, SSI, and other geocoded data.