Puget Sound Regional Council Provides data on a wide variety of demographic information on race, income, housing, building permits, employment, transportation and more. Links to labor force, per capita income, population and regional consumer price index information.
Places to Start
The specific needs of your client will determine which data and statistic will be most useful for your project. That said, the following few resources are often useful for students beginning research into market demographic research.
Interface for many many data sets provided by the City of Tacoma. Includes data about business, public safety, and economic development. Mapping functionality for select data is particularly informative.
A comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.
America's primary source for criminal justice statistics. Collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
Studies and surveys on demography, domestic policy, economics, energy and environment, global attitudes, immigration, internet and technology, public opinion, religion, research methodology, and social trends.
A service of the Indiana Business Research Center, Stats America provides a unique user interface geared towards economic development organizations. This tool is especially good for comparing economic statistics for a variety of geographies.
If you want to start at the broader umbrella, the Department of Commerce oversees several economic organizations, including the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy
Economic Development Administration, Economics and Statistics Administration, International Trade Administration, and U.S. Census Bureau.