Library - Statistical Sources

General Statistical Sources:

    • American FactFinder - provides data from the census, economic and community surveys, population estimates and includes fact sheets on various industries.
    • Population Profile of the United States: 2000 - Internet-only version of this Census report. Document may be viewed as a single PDF file, or by individual chapter. Main parts include: population dynamics, households & housing, social characteristics, household economics, and the many faces of diversity.
  • Commmunity Information by Zip Code - metasite created and maintained by a librarian at California State University at Northridge provides dozens of quality links. Zip code links are categorized by population (people and household) data, education, health, environmental, business, and political information. Introductory section links about zip codes. Includes sections focusing on California information.
  • FedStats - access to Federal statistics publications.
  •  - commercial site with a lot of detailed information and statistics on countries in about 25 categories. Compiles data from sources like the CIA and UN which are cited. Search either by country or under "Statistics" which provides the figures and ranks the countries. Correlations links give access to data which is related to whatever you are searching. Flags and numerous maps for each country. First page has country ranking lists in interesting categories like richest or most corrupt. Encyclopedia link is to Wikipedia. Site has relatively unobtrusive ads.
  • Social Trends and Indicators USA  - provides detailed statistics on social issues and expert analysis of the statistics. Statistics are gathered from respected agencies and major newspapers. 7 digit College ID number needed for remote access.
  • State and County QuickFacts - brief statistical overview provided by the U.S. Census Bureau of each state and county in reference to people, business, and geography.
  • - commercial site provides detailed information about states of the U.S. in categories like crime, economy, geography, population, housing, health, etc. Search either for state or by statistics which retrieves comparison tables including figures and rankings. For each state, images of a number of maps and state, county, and city flags are included. Site has relatively unobtrusive ads.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States - online version of the well-regarded print U.S. Census Bureau publication compiles a wealth of data from various government agencies into over 25 categories including the usual economic and social ones but also arts, entertainment, and recreation, construction, national security, science and technology, nutrition, hospitality and services, comparative international statistics, hsitorical data,  quick facts, state rankings, and summaries.
  • Statistical Resources on the Web - compiled by the University of Michigan Library's Documents Center.  Categorizes links by griculture, business and industry, consumer, cost of living, population, foreign governments, foreign trade and economics,  government finances, health, housing, labor, economics (including historical) education, energy, environment, finance and currency, military, politics, science, social issues, transportation, and weather.
  • White House Statistics Briefing Rooms:
    • Social Statistics - includes crime, education, health, and demographic data.
    • Economic Statistics - includes categories for income, employment, sales, production, prices, money, output, transportation, and some international data.

    Specialized Statistical Sources:

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics - includes statistics about crime & victims, criminal offenders, and various special topics.
  • - official Web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
  • Child Trends Data Bank - national trends and research on indicators of child and youth well-being.
  • Kids Count - compiles indicators of child well-being from the 2000 U.S. Census.
  • National Center for Education Statistics - a U.S. Department of Education Web site containing a huge variety of detailed data covering early childhood, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education. Includes topics like school violence, educational attainment, student debt, literacy, privacy, and more.
  • National Center for Health Statistics - data from the Federal government's principal vital and health statistics agency.  Click on Search NCHS for keyword searching.


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