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Where is the Statewide Database?

The Statewide Database's offices are located in the Berkeley School of Law Center for Research and Administration at 2850 Telegraph Ave Suite 500, Berkeley, CA 94705.


Can I visit the Statewide Database?

Sure! You can make an appointment and visit. Please use the contact form to request an appointment.


What type of data do you have?

The Statewide Database's datasets consist of the Statements of Vote (SOV) and the Statements of Registration (SOR) for each statewide election since 1992. These data are collected from California's 58 counties. The database also maintains decennial and other census data for use in redistricting. The Census, SOV, and SOR data are available for download from the Statewide Database website in the "Data" link. Data are available on various units of analysis like census block, tract, and precinct.


Where do you get your data?

The registration and voting data are collected by the County Registrar of Voters or County Clerks in each of California's 58 counties. Census data are collected by the Census Bureau under the Department of Commerce.


How can I get local election data?

At this time the Statewide Database only receives funding to process statewide races and does not collect data for local races like city council and mayor. Contact the local County Registrar of Voters or Election Clerk to obtain data for local races.


How much do you charge?

The Statewide Database is a free public resource. Our data and services are available to anyone who wishes to use them. All items ready for download on the website are free. Specific requests for data on CD-ROM's are available at cost. The charge for plotting a basic map is currently $75.00 plus shipping and handling (approx. $12.00).


What are FIPS county codes?

FIPS stands for Federal Information Processing Standard Code. FIPS county codes are unique three-digit codes that identify counties in California.

In census files, the county FIPS codes are five-digits with the last three digits indicating the county and the first two digits designating the state FIPS code (which for California is 06).

Below is a table of county numbers, county names are in alphabetical order accompanied by FIPS codes. FIPS codes are calculated by taking the county number, multiplying it by 2 and subtracting 1.

County 1

Alameda

FIPS 001

 

County 30

Orange

FIPS 059

County 2

Alpine

FIPS 003

 

County 31

Placer

FIPS 061

County 3

Amador

FIPS 005

 

County 32

Plumas

FIPS 063

County 4

Butte

FIPS 007

 

County 33

Riverside

FIPS 065

County 5

Calaveras

FIPS 009

 

County 34

Sacramento

FIPS 067

County 6

Colusa

FIPS 011

 

County 35

San Benito

FIPS 069

County 7

Contra Costa

FIPS 013

 

County 36

San Bernardino

FIPS 071

County 8

Del Norte

FIPS 015

 

County 37

San Diego

FIPS 073

County 9

El Dorado

FIPS 017

 

County 38

San Francisco

FIPS 075

County 10

Fresno

FIPS 019

 

County 39

San Joaquin

FIPS 077

County 11

Glenn

FIPS 021

 

County 40

San Luis Obispo

FIPS 079

County 12

Humboldt

FIPS 023

 

County 41

San Mateo

FIPS 081

County 13

Imperial

FIPS 025

 

County 42

Santa Barbara

FIPS 083

County 14

Inyo

FIPS 027

 

County 43

Santa Clara

FIPS 085

County 15

Kern

FIPS 029

 

County 44

Santa Cruz

FIPS 087

County 16

Kings

FIPS 031

 

County 45

Shasta

FIPS 089

County 17

Lake

FIPS 033

 

County 46

Sierra

FIPS 091

County 18

Lassen

FIPS 035

 

County 47

Siskiyou

FIPS 093

County 19

Los Angeles

FIPS 037

 

County 48

Solano

FIPS 095

County 20

Madera

FIPS 039

 

County 49

Sonoma

FIPS 097

County 21

Marin

FIPS 041

 

County 50

Stanislaus

FIPS 099

County 22

Mariposa

FIPS 043

 

County 51

Sutter

FIPS 101

County 23

Mendocino

FIPS 045

 

County 52

Tehama

FIPS 103

County 24

Merced

FIPS 047

 

County 53

Trinity

FIPS 105

County 25

Modoc

FIPS 049

 

County 54

Tulare

FIPS 107

County 26

Mono

FIPS 051

 

County 55

Tuolumne

FIPS 109

County 27

Monterey

FIPS 053

 

County 56

Ventura

FIPS 111

County 28

Napa

FIPS 055

 

County 57

Yolo

FIPS 113

County 29

Nevada

FIPS 057

 

County 58

Yuba

FIPS 115


Do I need a special program to read the data?

All downloadable files are in *.dbf format, which can be read by most spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel and SPSS. Data is also available in *.txt format, which can be read by most word-processing programs such as MS Word, MS Works, and WordPerfect.


Do you make maps?

Yes, but we are not exactly a map-making organization. We encourage people to make their own maps with our data, either with their own GIS (Geographic Information System) or with our computers. We will assist you as much as possible, and we will take orders for customized maps. You can create Statewide, County, Senate, Assembly, and Congressional District levels filled with various data such as blocks and street labels, census, and/or registration information. Unfortunately, we cannot provide maps with precinct information. Basic Assembly, Senate, and Congressional District maps are available online in the "Maps" section of this website. All other maps need to be requested by e-mail or phone.


Do you draw district lines?

While we are the State of California's "Redistricting Database" we do NOT draw lines. Our purpose is to readily provide data to ALL who wish to use them. While some of our users may intend to use our data to draw their own plans, we do NOT provide instruction on drawing lines, nor will we draw them for anyone.


Where was the new 2001 California congressional seat created?

The new congressional seat is the 46th district. Located in Orange County, it encompasses the cities of Anaheim (west and north-south Anaheim Stadium-Disneyland corridor), Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, and Westminster (north of San Diego Freeway). Dana Rohrabacher (R) currently represents the 46th district.


Do you also have Census Data?

Yes, we store and make available for download the Census Data specified for Redistricting and the Reapportionment. It is published in a file called PL94-171 that includes total population, race and ethnicity, and housing units.