Other Public Use Data
This page summarizes information about three other data sets of interest to population researchers:
- The Survey of Health and Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
- The Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
- The U.S. Census
Instructions for accessing each of these data sets are provided below.
The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of more than 85,000 individuals from 19 European countries aged 50 or over.
The SHARE data are distributed through CentERdata on the Tilburg University campus in the Netherlands. The data are available to the entire research community free of charge. Users must register for a username and password in order to download the data. See the SHARE Data Access Page>> for more detailed instructions.
The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a longitudinal panel study that surveys a representative sample of more than 26,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. Supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA U01AG009740) and the Social Security Administration, the HRS explores the changes in labor force participation and the health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow.
Health and Retirement Study data are available without cost to registered users. Register for a username and password here>>
The U.S. Census Bureau provides data about the nation's people and economy. A Population and Housing Census is collected every 10 years; the Economic Census and the Census of Governments are collected every 5 years; and the American Community Survey is conducted annually.
Data are available here>> Each data file includes specific instructions (saved as .doc, .txt, or .pdf files) for converting the data into usable formats. More details about Census data access are available at the Data Access Tools page>>
Guidance for using the American Community Survey, including lists of ACS subjects, information on data tools, and data user handbooks, is available here>>
For help with accessing and using data from the Economic Census, visit the Economic Census Data Page>>