Get Data on US Cities for Local Search

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With intrest in local search in the US heating up I've often found myself looking for reliable information about about cities I have absolutely no firsthand knowlede of. I picked up a link to City-Data from Del.icio.us a few days ago and just started looking at it. Here's the official descrption:

We've collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create as complete and interesting profiles of all U.S. cities as we could. We have tens of thousands of city photos not found anywhere else, hundreds of thousands of maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment...), geographical data, crime data, housing, businesses, birthplaces of famous people, political contributions, city government employment, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, houses, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, user-submitted facts, similar cities list, comparisons to averages... If you ever need to research any city for any reason, from considering a move there to just checking where somebody you know is staying, this is the site for you.

While I can't speak for how accurate the data is, I can say there is a lot of it. Particularly interesting is the Top 100 Section with things like newest houses, highest percentage of renters, percentage of college students,etc.

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Its not difficult to compile a city database

You can get all those data online from the US Census website .Combine it with a Zip Code Database (you can buy it online) and you now have City-data.com like information.

Census

I don't see how that is any different than the regular census data.

I have seen several sites like that and I am always amazed at the attention they get. All that information is available for free right here:

http://www.census.gov/
http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html
http://www.census.gov/econ/census02/

I don't think all the data

I don't think all the data is whats useful, what is useful is how much easier it is to find it. I was able to find at locate at my town extremly quickly, on the census website I'm reduced to stumble navigation.

I give you that. The census

I give you that. The census site sucks.

>> on the census website I'm

>> on the census website I'm reduced to stumble navigation.

What do you expect from a government website :)

Actually i thought you were asking from a webmaster point of view that is how to get that data to create your own website

similar but better

I use Hometown Locator - similar data but faster and a smarter UI, IMO.

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