City-Data is an Illinois-based social networking and information website that presents data and information pertaining to United States cities, and offers public online forums for discussion. US cities, counties, zip codes, and neighborhoods are profiled and compared using governmental data about race, income, education, crime, weather, housing, maps, air pollution, and religions. The site contains information about home value estimates (including recent home sales), local businesses, schools (including their demographics and test scores), hospitals, libraries, tourist attractions, local businesses, restaurant inspection findings, building permits, bridge conditions, hotels, water systems, airports, cell phone towers, property tax assessments, and car accidents.

Type of site
Social networking / information site
Available inEnglish
OwnerAdvameg, Inc.
Current statusActive is owned and operated by Advameg, Inc. of Hinsdale, Illinois. The information on the website includes consumer names and street addresses, obtained via FOIA requests and other public records; City-Data has an opt-out feature[1] to break the web-visible association between names and street addresses, but does not remove the consumer names themselves.

In 2010, because of a post on the People Search forum, a mother and son reunited 17 years after the son was kidnapped.[2]

City-data also has an extremely extensive forums section. This section includes hundreds of thousands of discussion threads on the merits of moving to particular states, cities, towns, and neighborhoods in the United States and all over the world. There are also non-geographic forum groups covering every conceivable topic such as health, nutrition, consumer affairs, automotive care, home maintenance, financial advice, sports, pets, gardening, entertainment, travel, religion, environmentalism, nature, weather, military life, politics, relationships, parenting, caregiving, history, genealogy, and countless other topics.

City-data helps newcomers to an area engage with local culture and attractions.[3] It also is known to be useful for people who are interested in relocating to wealthier regions.[4]

See also


  1. "Requests to disassociate name from street-level assessment address". Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  2. Cohen, Lauren (1 February 2010). "Mother and son reunited 17 years after kidnap". The Times. Avusa Inc. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  3. Henry, Alan (6 June 2013). "How to Learn All About a New City Without Leaving Your House". Lifehacker. Gizmodo Media Group. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. Cooperstein, Paige (7 April 2014). "The 27 wealthiest regions in California". GateHouse Media LLC. Archived from the original on 11 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
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