Start with a Google Search for your city or county.
Look for webpages / sections of the website that discuss residents. Every site will be different, but usually you will find this information under About Us, History, Demographic Information or Community Profile.
Also look for information on city government, these sections will give you access to Board meeting minutes, agendas, etc.
You may also want to look for services and resources available to residents.
For more information about voting, elections, and political information, please see our guide on the topic, linked below.
For more information about researching state or federal policies that may effect your community, see the guide below.
Note: There are 77 official "community areas" in Chicago. Many of the neighborhoods we recognize are actually a small part of one of these larger more official neighborhoods. It's a good idea to determine whether your community is one of the 77 or a less official area. When not available for the smaller community you have identified, data can be found for a larger geographic region.
There are a few ways to conduct more effective Google searches. Use these in addition to your search terms.
1. Use the limiter site: to filter for websites that end in a specific domain.
2. Use the same limiter to search a specific website. This can be more effective than using the search feature on a website.
3. Use the limiter filetype: to search for specific types of material.