Heritage Data Visualizations


Border Insecurity and Lax Law Enforcement Lead to Preventable Crime

The sharp increase in illegal immigration since 2021 has led to higher crime rates across the U.S. See how these deliberate policy choices have contributed to the presence of criminal aliens.

DEI: A State Legislation Tracker

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI), rooted in critical race theory, faces scrutiny as policymakers consider banning its activities in public postsecondary institutions due to concerns of racism.

Illegal Alien Encounters Surge and Shift Under Biden

Shortly after President Biden’s inauguration, the U.S. experienced a surge in illegal border crossings.

Education Power for Parents: A State Legislation Tracker

Parents of schoolchildren across the U.S. are demanding accountability and transparency, rejection of critical race theory (CRT), and a Parents’ Bill of Rights.

Major Spike in Convicted-Criminal-Alien Encounters by U.S. Border Patrol

Convicted-criminal-alien encounters have spiked during President Biden’s first two years in office.

State Protections for Unborn Children

With the Supreme Court poised to rule on Roe v. Wade, see how well states provide gestational protections for unborn children.

The Biden Inflation Tracker

Since President Biden took office, Americans have seen prices go up and wages go down, placing an enormous burden on family finances.

Economic Freedom and Social Progress

Nations with more economic freedom also have greater social progress.

Economic Freedom and Environmental Performance

Nations with more economic freedom also have greater environmental performance.

Chief Diversity Officers in K-12 Public Schools

Chief diversity officers (CDOs) have become increasingly common in K-12 school districts. While CDOs are meant to close achievement gaps, Heritage Foundation research finds that districts with CDOs have larger gaps—and that they are growing wider.

Assessing International Threats to U.S. National Security

As a global power with global interests, the U.S. must contend with threats beyond its borders.

The Defenders of NATO, 2022

NATO members are expected to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense, and at least 20 percent of their defense spending is supposed to go to equipment. Only one-third of nations currently do both.

Universities Bloated with ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ Staff

While it is widely understood that universities devote significant resources to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), there has been little systematic study of DEI staffing in the academy. Until now.

Health Care Choices and Premiums Under Obamacare: What's Going on in the States

Data show people paid on average $314 more per month for individual market health insurance in 2019 compared to 2013, the last year before Obamacare.

Critical Race Theory: Legislation Tracker

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a philosophy based on the idea that everything in life is connected to racism and power. CRT has quickly spread to K-12 schools around the U.S., prompting responses from state legislatures.

The Unrelenting Rise of Federal Debt

Currently, the public holds more debt than the size of the entire U.S. economy—a child born in 2021 is automatically burdened with a share of debt that will only continue to increase.

Biden Administration’s Border Catastrophe—A Policy Tracker

The border security that President Trump built, President Biden has quickly torn down.

COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: What's Going on in the States?

States are rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, but how well are they doing?

COVID Hypocrisy: Policymakers Breaking Their Own Rules

Rules for thee but not for me? This interactive map shows the continuing hypocrisy of local, state, and federal officials who violate their own coronavirus mandates, policies, or other restrictions. Some officials have violated their own rules more than once.

The Defenders of NATO

Since 2006, NATO members have been expected to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense, and at least 20 percent of their defense spending is supposed to go to equipment. Only the U.S. and seven other nations currently do both.

COVID-19 Death Rates by State

Death rates from COVID-19 vary broadly from one state to the other. Most notable are those handful of states with rates significantly higher than the overall national rate.

COVID-19 Deaths by Age

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is deadliest among older populations. CDC data also show that Americans, regardless of age group, are far more likely to die of something other than COVID-19.

One Percent of U.S. Counties Account for Bulk of COVID-19 Deaths

While the death toll in the U.S. from COVID-19 continues to increase, a significant proportion of those deaths have occurred in just a handful of counties.

Counties with the Highest Levels of COVID-19 Deaths

County-level information on death totals and deaths per 100,000 population.

Tracking the Trends in the COVID-19 Deaths

This interactive map provides up-to-date, county-level information on total deaths and the 14-day trend of new deaths with population and population-density data.

Coronavirus Commission: 5 Key Criteria for Recovery

The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, a project of The Heritage Foundation, brought together some of the nation’s top experts to develop policy recommendations for how to reopen America and combat the novel coronavirus.

Tracking the Trends in the COVID-19 Cases

As the U.S. looks to reopen, citizens are seeking to understand the nature of the spread of COVID in their locations.

Defensive Gun Uses in the U.S.

The “good guy with a gun” is not a myth but an integral part of American society.

K-12 School Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis

The rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak prompted public schools nationwide to close, some for the rest of the school year.

Calculating the Costs of Declining Industries

The COVID-19 virus has already had a massive impact on the U.S. economy.

Large Numbers of People Denied Economic Freedom

Nations with more economic freedom have stronger economies.