Sources of statistical information and data sets
This online video shows you how to use and present various kinds of data.
These are some of the best sources for general statistical information on nations, states, demographics, and other topics of general significance. Most are web sites hosted by government agencies or reputable research organizations.
Also see our useful lists of sources of statistics and data by topic, under the tab near the top of this page.
Statistical reports from U.S. government agencies. Note that the "search" option is a link near the bottom of the page.
- American Fact Finder
Census data on population, housing, economics, and geography
Data sets and applications for analyzing and presenting them, compiled by U.S. government departments and agencies.
A compilation of international data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Generate maps and graphs using various statistics.
- State Master
A statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states
- Country Watch
Detailed reports on 162 countries with statistics, maps, and news
- American Community Survey
Community demographics estimated from census data. viewable by state or zip code.
- ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
The world's largest archive of digital social science data
This resource "brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point."
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
Social, political, and economic statistics of the United States from 1878 to 2012.
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