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Advancing the Frontiers of Social Science

Providing secure access to federal statistical data

The Rocky Mountain Research Data Center (RMRDC) is part of a national network of federal statistical research data centers (FSRDC), and it was the first to be established in the Rocky Mountain region. It provides a secure environment where qualified researchers with approved projects are able to conduct statistical analyses of restricted data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies. These data are only available through the FSRDC program. Researchers at all the major research institutions along the Front Range are encouraged to generate collaborative and innovative research proposals to use the RMRDC. Approved research projects are most often related to economics, demography, and the spatial, environmental, and health sciences, and have proven to be invaluable in their ability to inform and evaluate policy.

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Center Highlight

Since its opening in 2017, the RMRDC has far surpassed expectations in terms of the number of projects approved and ongoing. It has generated excitement among economists, sociologists, geographers, criminologists and health researchers at all the major universities in the region.


Population Program

Researchers in the Population Program study population dynamics and human well-being in a large variety of contemporary and historical settings. Birth, death, marriage and migration combine with culture to shape the human experience. This powerful combination allows us to understand the dynamics of social and health inequalities, human responses to environmental change, and the causes and consequences of human migration for individuals and places. The Population Program offers an outstanding training environment and student research opportunities, and houses CU Boulder’s Graduate Certificate in Population Studies.

RMRDC is part of the Population Program at the Institute of Behavioral Science.