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Requesting Data

The ICSD exists in three related forms, containing raw data, harmonized data, and data imputed through a multiple imputation process. Only the harmonized data is currently available for sharing and exists for cities with populations over 50,000.  Due to IRB and confidentiality commitments we cannot make the raw data associated with each survey publically available and we are working on developing a process for sharing and ensuring the accurate use of the imputed data.

If you would like to request data, please send an email to askew-localgov@fsu.edu. In the email, indicate your name and organization, provide a one to two sentence description of your research, and list the identification code associated with the variables that you would like. Up to five variables may be requested. In addition to the variables requested, variables indicating city name, state name and city FIPS code will be provided.

The description, sample, and identification code associated with each of the harmonized variables available are at the attached link.


Please Use The Following Citation If You Use Any Of The ICSD Variables:

  • Feiock, Richard C., Rachel M. Krause, Christopher J. Hawkins, and Cali Curley (2014) “The Integrated City Sustainability Database.”  Urban Affairs Review. 50(4): 577-589.

This document also provides a detailed explanation of the methods used to harmonize the data.

Publications Using The ICSD


  • Hawkins, Christopher J., Rachel M. Krause, Richard C. Feiock, and Cali Curley. (2015) Making Meaningful Commitments: Accounting for Variation in Cities’ Investments of Staff and Fiscal Resources to Sustainability. Urban Studies. doi: 10.1177/0042098015580898
  • Krause, Rachel M., Richard C. Feiock and Christopher J. Hawkins. (2014) “The Administrative Organization of Sustainability within Local Government.” Journal of Public Administration and Theory. doi: 10.1093/jopart/muu032.

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