Open government data powers software applications that help people make informed decisions – from choosing financial aid options for college to finding the safest consumer products and vehicles. Below are just a few examples of government, community, and business tools that: use open government data from the United States; are accessible, vetted, and available; and are, for the majority, free and do not require registration to use. While we don’t endorse any particular app, we’re always interested in new examples: Submit application suggestions here.

For more examples of applications made with open government data see Civic Commons and USA.gov’s Federal Mobile Apps Directory.


AIRNow

AIRNow

The AIRNow mobile application provides you real-time air quality information that you can use to protect your health when planning your day. You can get location-specific reports on current air quality and air quality forecasts for both ozone and fine particle pollution (PM2.5).
Open Government Data Used: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Air Quality System (AQS)

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Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Find alternative fueling stations near an address or ZIP code or along a route in the United States. Open Government Data Used: Department of Energy - Alternative Fuels Data Center

BankLocal

BankLocal

Go local! BankLocal connects users with banks that invest in local communities. Interactive maps and bank report cards arm users with knowledge they need to make smart banking decisions. Open Government Data Used: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Federal Financial Institutions ExaminationCouncil (FFIEC) National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)

Bankrank.org

Bankrank.org

Bankrank.org grades financial institutions by using complaint data that is controlled for bank size and categorized by service and product focus.  

Base Directory (Military)

Base Directory (Military)

Search more than 15,000 establishments on U.S. Military bases around the world. Open Government Data Used: Military Bases National

City Data

City Data

We have over 74,000 city photos not found anywhere else, graphs of the latest real estate prices and sales trends, recent home sales, a home value estimator, hundreds of thousands of maps, satellite photos, demographic data (race, income, ancestries, education, employment), geographic data, state profiles, crime data, registered sex offenders, cost of living, housing, religions, businesses, local news links based on our exclusive technology, birthplaces of famous people, political contributions, city government finances, employment, weather, natural disasters, hospitals, schools and libraries. In addition to our huge collection of data, we have also created our Top 100 City Lists and Top 101 City Lists. These lists rank cities in hundreds of categories, including income, crime, most gay couples, most cars, shortest commute, biggest houses, best educated residents and many more. Open Government Data Used: American Community SurveyBureau of Labor StatisticsNational Weather ServiceUS Census TIGER DatabaseFederal Housing Finance Agency Mortgage Data  

Citymapper

Citymapper

Citymapper is reinventing the everyday urban transit app and making the large complicated city simple and usable. A to B trip planning with real-time departure information on all modes of transit. Open Government Data Used: U.S. Census Bureau TIGER Products - MapsBureau of Labor Statistics - MapsAmerican Community Survey  

Civic Request Tracker

Civic Request Tracker

The free, simple and easy to use Citizen Request Tracker™ app gives small to medium-sized cities and counties across North America – and their residents and business owners - the same citizen-power to report civic issues, and the integrated municipal tracking capabilities, that was previously available only in large metropolitan areas. Open Government Data Used: Municipal CitiesMunicipal Counties  

Climate FieldView™

Climate FieldView™

The Climate Corporation aims to build a digitized world where every farmer is able to optimize and flawlessly execute every decision on the farm. The company's proprietary Climate FieldView™ platform combines hyper-local weather monitoring, agronomic modeling, and high-resolution weather simulations to deliver Climate FieldView products, mobile SaaS solutions that help farmers improve profitability by making better informed operating and financing decisions. The company's unique technologies help the global $3 trillion agriculture industry to stabilize and improve profits and, ultimately, help feed the world. Open Government Data Used: National Weather ServiceU.S. Geological SurveyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration  

College Affordability and Transparency Center

College Affordability and Transparency Center

The College Affordability and Transparency Center was designed by the U.S. Department of Education to meet requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act and to provide better information to student and parent consumers about college costs. It serves as a central point to several tools that allow users to compare colleges tuition and fees, net price, and other characteristics.
Open Government Data Used: Department of Education - National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System