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Finding data and statistics
Population, housing, economic, and geographic information from the U.S. Census
Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on social, political, and economic conditions from a wide range of agencies and sources, back to 1878.
Selected Historical Census Data
From the U.S. Census Bureau
Easy access to demographic data and mapping, some data back to 1940.
Indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups in all U.S. metro areas
Abstracts and data sets in the world's largest archive of computerized social science data.
CIS Statistical Universe
Index to over 100,000 U.S., International, and Intergovernmental statistical publications. Some are also available fulltext.
Statistics from more than 100 agencies in the United States Federal Government.
Infomine: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Another good interdisciplinary tool for finding data.
State & Local Sourcebook
Includes statistics from state and local governments in the areas of education, finance, technology and more.
National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2000.
National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership Great clearinghouse of local level data -- collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners
Association of Religion Data Archives : ARDA collection includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups in the U.S. to the state, county, and metropolitan area level. Increasingly it has data for other countries as well.
Outside the United States
Historical -- still in paper, but very useful
International historical statistics: Europe, 1750-2000, Ref HA1107 .M5 2003
International historical statistics: Americas, 1750-2000, Ref HA175 .M55 2003
International historical statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, Ref 1750-2000 HA4675 .M552 2003
Database of World Development Indicators providing international social and economic indicators and statistics (1960-- ) from the World Bank (AC). For other World Bank sources, see Data and Research.
GenderStats -- include themes that range from health and education to political participation and poverty from World Bank, United Nations, and national statistics.
United Nations Data
More than 450 statistical time series for countries from around the world covering a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics (AC)
United Nations Statistical Division: International Agencies
Good entry to the wide range of agencies.
Demographic and Health Surveys
Data on population, health, HIV, female circumcision (FGM), etc. from over 75 countries.
International Data Base (IDB)
Demographic and socio-economic statistics for 227 countries and areas of the world. Created bythe Census Bureau's International Programs Center.
OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the WWW
OFFSTATS lists web sites organized by country name, offering free and easily accessible social, economic and general data from official or similar "quotable" sources, especially those that provide both current data and time series.
Great source for official government data from around the world.
POPLINE®(POPulation information onLINE) Reproductive health, fertility, demographics, environmental health, women in development, and HIV/AIDS. Abstracts are included, and many include free fulltext articles.
International Financial Statistics (IMF)
CD ROM at the reference desk (Ref desk HG 2002.I627) Contains time series which summarize balance of payments: trade and reserves, and data on monetary expansion and contraction, government surpluses and deficits, production, prices and interest rates. Most data goes back to 1948 and is updated monthly.
Current Social Science Research Reports
Research and data in economics, sociology and health.
CIA World Factbook
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the countries of the world.
Davidson Data Center & Network (DDCN)
Integrated, fully searchable database on transition and emerging markets. DDCN archives and provides free access to socio-economic micro and macro data on transition economies.
United Nations Common Database (UNCDB) More than 450 statistical time series for countries from around the world covering a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics
IAU: Higher Education Systems 180 countries and territories worldwide.