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New statistical research data center now open at the U

New federal data center for research on protected census data now open.

The Wasatch Front Research Data Center (WFRDC), which allows researchers important access to U.S. Census Bureau data, is now open on the University of Utah campus in the Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons. The center is the 31st Federal Statistical Research Data Center and the only such center in the Great Basin states including Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Arizona.

The WFRDC is a secure environment for researchers with approved projects where they can analyze restricted data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies.  It is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Utah along with Brigham Young University, Utah State University and the Utah Department of Health.

Available data includes demographic, economic/business and health data. Learn more about the datasets here.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the WFRDC is opening at 25% capacity, with two workstations available. Workstation capacity will be modified as local and U.S. Census Bureau guidelines are updated.

For more information or questions about research at the center, contact executive director Ken Smith at or administrator Bryce Hannibal at