Troy Anderson, Managing Director, Knowledge Management and Interactive Applications, Fannie Mae Foundation

Location: John F. Kennedy School of Government, 79 JFK Street, Littauer Building, Malkin Penthouse

Heard about DataPlace™ but haven't had a chance to check it out yet? Or perhaps you'd like to learn how to use the site better. Join Troy Anderson of the Fannie Mae Foundation for a hands-on tour of DataPlace.

DataPlace aims to be your one-stop source for housing and demographic data about your community, your region, and the nation. The site not only assembles a variety of data sets from multiple sources, but it also provides tools and guides to assist you in analyzing, interpreting, and applying the data so you can make more informed decisions.

DataPlace is a KnowledgePlex® initiative sponsored by the Fannie Mae Foundation. KnowledgePlex® is an online resource serving affordable housing and community development professionals. KnowledgePlex® provide you with the following:

DataPlace provides easy access to data at geographic scales ranging from the neighborhood to the nation. The site currently contains data from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses (demographic, economic, housing, and social characteristics), Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (home mortgage applications and loans), Section 8 Expiring Use database (neighborhood- and property-level data on federally assisted housing at risk of loss), and Consolidated Plan special tabulations (data on housing needs by household income level). DataPlace's data library will expand in the coming months to include information on topics such as business establishments from the Census Bureau's ZIP Business Patterns database and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit developments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


DataPlace provides a powerful yet simple mapping tool that allows you to produce colorful thematic maps with just a few clicks of the mouse. You can customize a map's appearance by selecting different color schemes or interval ranges for your themes and save the results to a PDF file. Future enhancements to the mapping tool will allow you to define your own market area by selecting groups of census tracts, counties, or states and upload your own data for mapping in conjunction with data already provided on DataPlace.

Area Profiles

You can also get a quick statistical snapshot of any geographic area by selecting one of DataPlace's five types of area profiles. These tabular profiles bring together a pre-selected group of indicators that provide an overview of demographic and social, employment and income, housing, or mortgage lending conditions in your area of interest.

Charts and Tables

Want to generate a chart or table using the indicators of your choosing? DataPlace's Chart and Table builder is a simple tool that allows you to prepare bar and line charts. DataPlace automatically generates a data table that goes along with your chart.

How-To Guides

DataPlace will contain handy how-to guides that provide in-depth descriptions of selected data sets. These guides will show non-experts how they can analyze and apply the site's data to explore real-world housing and community development issues.


Looking for information on the latest data releases on housing and related topics? Want to stay abreast of changes in major data collection programs? Data News will be your first source for news related to housing market data. Look to this section of DataPlace for the latest information on newly released data sets, as well as highlights from relevant reports and research. In addition, look to the KnowledgePlex® Calendar for dates of key upcoming housing data releases.