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Sources for statistical information
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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You can explore publically available data using Google.

Google (Data)

  • American Factfinder
    Current U.S. population, economic, demographic, and housing data
  • ARDA: Association of Religion Data Archives
    Data are available via hundreds of data files, searchable by category, popularity, denomination, and more. Additionally the site demonstrates creative and innovative use of various media, including GIS maps, widgets, and even a YouTube channel.
  • Economic Indicators
    Detailed compilation of current U.S. data, including GDP, prices, wages, production ...
  • Economic Report of the President
    Annual survey of the nation's economy,, with current as well as retrospective data
  • Election Information
    Official vote results for all Presidential and Congressional elections from 1920 to 2010
  • Europa World Yearbook
    Detailed statistical data from countries around the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe
  • Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)
    This economic time series contains data on banking, business, finance, and prices for the U.S. as well as regions of the country.
  • FedStats
    Over 100 U.S. federal agencies compile data on crime, economics, education, energy, environment, health ...
    Extensive collection of digital social science research data searchable by keyword, topic, or geography
  • International Monetary Fund eLibrary
    Direct access to full IMF online archive of periodicals, data, statistical tools, working papers, studies and more.
  • MergenT Online
    Detailed financial information on more than 15,000 U.S. companies
  • National Historical Geographic Information System  
    Retrieves and disseminates statistical and geographic information system (GIS) boundary data for the United States. It covers US history from 1790 to the present. It features statistics including state and county census data from 1790 to the present; tract data from 1910 to the present; census data for all geographic summary levels from 1970 to the present and more.
  • OECD Better Life Index
    There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    Comprehensive survey of U.S. social, economic, and population statistics
  • U.S. Census
    Detailed data about the population and economy from the 2010 census. Statistical information from the 2000 and 1990 census is also available.
  • U.S. Historical Census Data
    Economic and population data available from the 1790 to 1980 censuses
  • WDI Online World Development Indicators
    World Bank-compiled social, economic, and development statistics for nations around the globe
  • WomanStats Project
    The WomanStats Project collects data on all countries with a population greater than 200,000--a total of 174 countries. Data on over 260 variables is coded, including quantitative and qualitative data on on topics such as laws, domestic violence, female landownership, and political participation.
    Creating a free account is required

    The Project focuses primarily on data from governments non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and country or topic experts.
  • World Factbook
    CIA-collected demographic, political, and economic information for countries around the world


  • DataFerrett
    Data analysis and extraction tool to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements. Great for data visualization. You can develop an unlimited array of customized spreadsheets and then turn those spreadsheets into graphs and maps without any additional software.
  • DataFerrett User Guide
    DataFerrett requires some preparation before use. Review the user guide that gives you instructions on how to export the data that you want and then create tables, charts and maps.
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