Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research group that works to improve community development and land management decisions. We inform community decision-making and identify practical solutions by making complex data understandable, beautiful, and interactive, helping develop solutions to some of the most urgent and important issues that communities face.

Terms of use

If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please do not use our site. Headwaters Economics reserves the right to modify or amend these Terms of Use from time to time without notice. If you continue to use our site after we post changes to these Terms of Use, it will mean that you accept those changes.

All materials on our site, including but not limited to reports, articles, studies, artwork, software, photographs, interactives, graphics, audio clips, video clips, text and trademarks (collectively “Materials”), are the sole property of Headwaters Economics. The exclusive rights to all Materials on this site are protected by U.S. and international laws of copyright, trademark and unfair competition. Headwaters Economics occasionally will update its Materials as events warrant.

It is in keeping with the mission of Headwaters Economics to encourage public discourse. Accordingly, unless particular Materials are specifically restricted as noted on the web page, it is the policy of Headwaters Economics to allow limited reproduction and distribution of the Materials posted on our site as follows: (1) you may not edit or otherwise change the substance of the content, or change or delete any copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices; (2) all copies include a statement that the Material was reproduced from a Headwaters Economics source with appropriate citation; and (3) the Materials are only for public policy and educational purposes.

Data Tools

Headwaters Economics makes data tools and software available to the public free of charge, including the Economic Profile System and Neighborhoods at Risk. The data tools use published statistics from a variety of sources from United States government agencies that are available to the public and cover the entire United Sates. Headwaters Economics is not responsible for the accuracy of the information that was obtained from these government sources. Documentation with each data tool provides more technical specifications about data sources.

Headwaters Economics’ data tools may not be sold or otherwise transferred for value.  You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble data tools, except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this limitation.

Headwaters Economics’ data tools are provided “AS IS.”  In no event shall Headwaters Economics be responsible for loss or damages arising from the installation or use of data tools, including but not limited to any indirect, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damages of any kind.

Privacy Policy

Headwaters Economics has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices.  Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, e-mail address, and profession.

  • We do not store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers.
  • We will never sell your information to a third party.
  • We will never give your information to a third party for permanent use without your permission.

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Contacting Headwaters Economics

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