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Wasatch Front Research Data Center (WFRDC)


Opened in August 2020, the Wasatch Front Research Data Center (WFRDC) is a member of the national network of Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC), and serves the urban core of Utah, often called the Wasatch Front, as well as the state and the Intermountain region. The WFRDC is a secure research environment used by qualified researchers with approved projects where they can analyze restricted data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical agencies. Major research institutions along the Wasatch Front, including the University of Utah, Utah State University, Brigham Young University and Departments within the Utah government are invited to propose RDC studies in demography, population health, economics, and geographic and spatial analysis. The WFRDC also supports approved projects that link selected data from the Utah-specific health data housed in the Utah Population Database to the restricted data in the FSRDC network.

Executive Director


Ken R. Smith, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Population Science

Ken R. Smith is a bio demographer interested in familial aspects of health, aging and longevity. His current work focuses on the role of early life events in affecting the life chances and health outcomes of middle aged and older adults. Other research interests focus on cancer prevention and control and the effects of family, community, and socioeconomic factors affecting health outcomes.


Contact Information


Bryce Hannibal, P.h.D., Administrator
Wasatch Front Research Data Center
260 S. Central Campus Dr. Ste.3550
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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