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Where can I find specific data about different towns, townships, etc from my state?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by BreaknBrix, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. BreaknBrix

    BreaknBrix Power Member

    Mar 25, 2014
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    NE US
    I want to build a "meter" on my site that aggregates data from certain sources and based on that data, creates a rough assessment or "risk analysis" of the area a person lives in.

    What I'm trying to find, is find the following type of information -

    When every town in my state was established (or built)
    The mean age of the homes in every town, township municipality in my state.
    The average income of homeowners in these towns.
    What towns and neighborhoods are located by water.
    The specific geography of the landscapes, soil components, etc.
    Basically, as much information as I can get.

    I know you can get a lot of information from wikipedia. The problem is you gotta scan through every page manually, look for the data and they don't give you really specific information and numbers.

    I want to assess the mean ages of homes, location, geography, soil content, etc of over 500 towns in my state. Based on this data I want to create a meter that will set my business apart from all my competitors. The meter won't be highly accurate. And I'm fine with that. But based on specific data you CAN somewhat track and predict what areas are at risk for certain problems. Like if you live in an old home by a lake/pond/ocean with sandy soil you know there will be a lot of underground water veins. And you can assess that that certain homes in certain areas are more or less prone to flooding. If you live on the coast, based on distance you can also assess a certain risk of flooding, like insurance agencies do. Based on the age of a home, how it's built (solid foundation vs block, wood vs brick, etc), geography, etc you can roughly assess if that home is at risk of certain environmental problems, like mold contamination, radon, etc.

    I'm not trying to create a perfect meter. But I really need a good source of information for all the towns in my state. And I'm mainly trying to assess the risk of flooding and mold.

    Do I have to contact the United States Consensus Bureau? Do I have to pay for this information? Can I get it from a library?

    I'm looking for any ideas or help cause I've never done something like this before and I'm trying to make the process as easy as possible. Right now I can find when certain towns were established. Like Abescon NJ was established in 1902 according to wikipedia. But I need to know the mean age of the homes in that town. I need more specific information. Like a list of stats and numbers. How can I get this type of information?

    Does anyone know?