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A branch of the Triangle Federal Statistical Research Data Center (Triangle RDC) has opened at the Carolina Population Center (CPC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Triangle RDC is part of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) program. Under this program, the Census Bureau allows researchers with approved proposals to perform statistical analysis on non-public microdata from the Census Bureau’s economic, health, and demographic censuses and surveys. These datasets are among the largest and most important sources of statistical information in the US and many of them can only be accessed through a FSRDC.

Ted Mouw (UNC) and Daniel Xu (Duke) co-direct the Center.

The branch at CPC is the second in the Research Triangle, joining a center located in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. Researchers may choose to work out of either location after obtaining approval from the Census Bureau.

Learn more about conducting research at the Triangle RDC

The Triangle RDC website provides detailed information for researchers interested in conducting research at the RDC. Approved projects require approval from the Census Bureau. Researchers must also obtain Special Sworn Status from the Census Bureau to gain access to the secure computing facility. The Triangle RDC provides proposal support and guidance throughout the process.

How to apply for access to the Triangle RDC

The first step for any project is to contact TRDC about your prospective project. The RDC Administrator can then walk you through the steps for the process. Each agency requires a proposal to access their data, but these proposals have different procedures and processes. Our staff can answer questions about data availability and are here to support your proposal preparation and submission.


The RDC is supported by member institutions with initial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Researchers associated with a Consortium member institution (UNC system, Duke University, RTI) have lab fees are covered by the institution’s membership contribution.

Researchers not associated with one of the Consortium member institutions may access the RDC by paying a fee; current fees are based on frequency of use.

Additional fees may be charged to projects that use data sets outside the core or that require special resources from U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies (CES), the Census Bureau, or the TRDC.

Contact the RDC Administrator or the Executive Directors Ted Mouw or Daniel Xu for more detailed information about costs, funding, and availability.

About the TRDC

The Triangle RDC is a partnership between the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), RTI International (RTI) and the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers.