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The Opportunity Project

Let's build something amazing together.

The Opportunity Project expands access to opportunity for all Americans by putting data and digital tools in the hands of families, communities, and local leaders, to help them navigate information about the resources they need to thrive.


Join us if your mission is to apply your skills, whatever they may be, to benefit your community.

Join the community

Technology is one of the most powerful tools we have and you have the ability to unlock its potential to accelerate change. We can all do more incredible things together than we can alone, so partner up and join us.

We invite you to connect with us in our Slack chat and on our GitHub page.

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What will you build?

Below are a number of tools that have been developed using Open Opportunity Data:


We want technologists, communities, and advocates to work together to build digital tools that improve people's lives. Use the Opportunity Project data to do that. Anyone can build, and we're committed to providing you the best platform possible.

Getting involved? Tell us what you’re doing!

CitySDK — your tool to access and use data

You can get started using Opportunity Project data quickly with this JavaScript toolbox that makes the data developer friendly, user friendly, and collaboration friendly. Check out the data sets below and then visit CitySDK when you’re ready to build. Use the scenarios below to help you identify a problem to solve, or design in partnership with your target end users.


Data Inventory

Use curated data related to opportunity from across federal and local governments.

Download this inventory as a flattened CSV file.

User Scenarios

These scenarios were created by experts and advocates to describe the real, complex challenges that people are facing in accessing the resources they need to thrive. Use the scenarios in your design process to ensure that what you build responds to real needs.

As part of America's Data Agency, the U.S. Census Bureau provides the building blocks for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, companies, civic hackers and the public to develop innovative tools and services that can improve lives.

—John H. Thompson
U.S. Census Bureau

Learn More

The Opportunity Project is about all of us working together to increase opportunity by harnessing the power of data.

What is "Opportunity?"

Access to the resources and services that a family, individual, or community needs to thrive and freedom from the stressors that detract from the family, individual, or community's ability to thrive.

What's been happening?

In early 2016, the White House, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development facilitated a process in which tech developers worked with subject matter experts and cities to build digital tools that help families, community leaders, local officials, and the media to access what they need to thrive.

This effort culminated with a White House demo on March 7.

See the Fact Sheet to learn more.

What's next?

A number of organizations have pledged ongoing commitments to help expand opportunity through the use of The Opportunity Project data; see the White House Fact Sheet for full details.

Tell us about how your organization will use opportunity data using this form.