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Community Database Online (CDO) FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Community Database Online?

The Community Database Online (CDO) is where the Division of Community and Regional Affairs (DCRA) stores, regularly updates, and publishes an abundance of community information in accordance with its Constitutional mandate to “advise and assist local governments” and “review their activities, collect and publish local government information.” In so doing the division provides Alaskan residents – citizens, elected officials, state employees from all departments, organizations, researchers, and others – with valuable insight into Alaskan communities.

The CDO contains a wide range of data in publicly accessible records related to 321 communities. It also provides similar data for a continually expanding list of other places of interest across Alaska. Communities and places of interest are defined on the Metadata page.

Data is available on the subject of: Airlines, Airports, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Access, Broadband, Bulk Fuel Quantity and Delivery, Fuel Prices, Climate, Commercial Fishing, Fisheries, Population and Demographics, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Services Providers, Economy and Business Activity, Elections, Utilities, Federally Recognized Tribe Status, Geography, History and Culture, Housing, Indigenous Language, Local Option Restrictions, Landfills and Sewage Collection, Municipal Information and Powers, Post Offices, Public Libraries, Public Safety Services, Education, Subsistence, Taxes, Transportation, Water Distribution and Treatment Systems, and more.

Public input, along with collaborations and partnerships with numerous agencies and organizations, has helped us to enrich the database, provide a better quality of service, and conduct valuable research. We invite you to send us your comments, suggestions, and feedback so we may continue to enhance the CDO for the benefit of Alaskans.

Where can I find information about a community?
'Community Information' button on the CDO main page.

The public query tool, accessed by clicking the 'Communities Report' button on the CDO main page, provides the ability to generate custom reports that contain the specific data attributes related to the community/communities that interest you. For more information about generating custom reports and exporting data, see the FAQ How do I generate custom reports and export data? below.

You can find Community maps, plans, photos, grant information, and municipal financial documents by clicking the 'COMMUNITY INFORMATION' drop down located above the header picture at the top of the page. 

What is the source of the data in the CDO?

The CDO contains a compilation of data produced internally and published from a variety of other sources. The metadata page, accessible from the CDO main page, describes the various data attributes, provides links to data sources, and identifies the date when data was created and added to the CDO.

How do I generate custom reports and export data?

You can generate custom reports using the Public Query Tool which is accessed from the CDO main page. Depending on the information/data you are seeking, you can begin by clicking either the 'Communities Report'  or the 'Entities Report' button.

Note: A current list of Community Data Attributes and Entity Data Attributes are available by clicking the '?' button next to each report button on the CDO main page.

  1. On the first page, select the community/communities for which you would like data by clicking the name of a community and clicking the '>' button in the middle to move it over to the Selected Communities box on the right side of the page. Note: you can select all communities by pressing the '>>' button.
  2. When the communities you want are in the Selected Communities box to the right, click the 'Next >>' button to move to the next step of selecting data attributes.
  3. Click data attributes from the list of Available Attributes on the left and use the '>' button to move them to the Selected Attributes box on the right. Note: you can select all available attributes by pressing the '>>' button.
  4. After selecting the attributes of interest to you, click the 'Next >>' button.
  5. On the Optional Filter Criteria page you can choose to refine your report through the use of filters as described on the page or you can simply click the 'Run Report' button and apply filters and sorts in Excel.
  6. After you click the 'Run Report' button a new window will pop-up with the available data.
  7. Export the data by clicking the 'Export' button in the top left of the report window.
How do I compare multiple communities?

The Public Query Tool allows you to compare multiple communities and places of interest. For detailed instructions, see the FAQ How can I generate custom reports and export data? above.

How do I find contact information for a community, tribe, or other entity?

You can download contact information for municipal governments, school districts, federally recognized tribes, native corporations, unincorporated communities, and more from our Entity Address page. The date when the information was last updated is noted next to each file.

Contact information can also be found within each Community Profile under the Community/Regional Contacts Information accordion tab.

For More Information about the Research & Analysis Section contact:

Manjula Boyina

Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Phone: 907-269-7959
Email: Manjula Boyina