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Fast access to principal sources of political and social science statistics and data.
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Statistics and Data

This guide is a collection of links that will provide access to the most commonly used online sources for U.S. and world social and economic statistics, as well as links to selected sources of datasets for more in depth study.

Basic Sources for Statistics

  • American FactFinder
    "Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data." Census Bureau site offering fact sheets on communities and detailed data. Searchable.
  • CIA World FactBook
    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • County and City Databook
    Comprehensive source of information about the individual counties and cities in the United States. It includes data for all U.S. states, counties, and cities with a population of 25,000 or more. It contains additional data for places with a population of 100,000 or more. Also included is a complete set of state maps showing all counties, places of 25,000 or more population, and metropolitan areas.
  • Fast Facts for Congress
    The goal of this website is help you find the facts you need for your Congressional District, county, state or the United States.
  • MapStats
    Start searching for statistics about U.S. states by clicking on the map.
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
    Comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Covers 1790 to present.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    Statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations.
  • State and County QuickFacts
    Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography
  • State and Metropolitan Area Data Book 2010
    Information in the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book covers the following topical areas: age, agriculture, births, business establishments, communications, construction, cost of living, crime, deaths, education, elections, employment, energy, finance, government, health, households, housing, immigration, income, manufactures, marriages and divorces, media, natural resources, population, poverty, race and Hispanic origin, residence, retail sales, science and engineering, social services, tourism, transportation, and veterans.

    Files contain a collection of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical bureaus, governmental administrative and regulatory agencies, private research bodies, trade associations, insurance companies, health associations, educational associations, and philanthropic foundations.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1878-2012
    Digital editions of all of the Statistical Abstracts of the United States published by the U.S. Government. Also includes Historical Statistics of the United States, 1789 - 1945 and Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
  • USA Counties
    statistics from the Census Bureau and other Federal agencies.
  • World Trade Organization Trade Profiles
    Basic economic and trade information for foreeign countries.

Extended Statistical and Data Sources

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
    "BEA prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, interindustry relationships, and the Nation's position in the world economy."
    Access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
    U.S. federal government website with data on such topics as campaign finance, lobbying, and White House visitor logs.
  • Offstats
    "The OFFSTATS database provides access to free statistics from official sources on the web...Web links are arranged by country, region or subject. The database can be searched by a single category, or a combination of categories."
  • State of the Cities Data Systems (SOCDS)
    "The SOCDS provides data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs." Demographic and economic data are available.
  • Supreme Court Database
    "The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1953 and 2008 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Supreme Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices."
  • Time Series on International Trade
    This site provides a searchable database on international trade in merchandise and commercial services. The data are presented according to the product definitions and regional groupings specified in the technical notes.

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