What is the process for obtaining location data (state, MSA, or whatever is available) for the NHIS data?

I’m trying to get access to the geographic location data for respondants to the NHIS Health Survey data. I understand it requires non-disclosure agreements, but not sure how to begin that process.


George Ford


The public use version of NHIS data available via IPUMS Health Surveys has limited geographic identification. For access to restricted use NHIS data you’ll need to connect with a Restricted Data Center or RDC. See this page for information about accessing restricted NHIS variables.