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Research Guide: Finding Statistics

General  & Demographic Statistics


United States Federal Statistics

The Federal Government is the number one producer of statistics in the world.  It is a source of reliable, consistent,  comparable data about national demographic, social, and economic trends.  Federal statistic gathering is decentralized, with more than 100 agencies authorized to collect and disseminate statistics.  Federal agencies collect data from state and local governments and private sources. 

Print Resources

Statistical Abstract of the United States   Since 1878, the Statistical Abstract has been the single most authoritative source of facts about the people, institutions and economy of the country. This is a publication of the Census Bureau and is compiled from government and private sources and is an excellent place to start when looking for statistics.  This is an annual and covers a broad range of topics, mostly United States, but includes some international.   Most recent edition is located at the Reference Desk.  Older editions in Government Documents - AE 2.108/2, Middle Level North.      Online   from 1878.

Historical Statistics of the United States   Social, economic, political and geographic development from colonial times to 1970.  Data after 1970 can be found in the Statistical Abstract, which includes an historical appendix linking the historical series to specific tables in Statistical Abstract.  C 3.134/2:H 62/789-970.  Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.   Online

Historical Statistics of the United Statess:  Millennial Edition  This definitive reference work contains more than 37,000 annual time series of quantitative historical information covering virtually every quantifiable dimension of American history: population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance, governance, and international relations, all from the earliest times to the present.   Online

American Statistics Index 1974- Indexes statistics available in U.S. government agency publications.   Z 7554.U5 - Reference Table 2A, 1991 to present.  1974-1990 are located in the Reference collection, Middle Level North.

Datapedia of the United States 1790-2000   America Year by Year  Contains significant historical statistics of the United States   Excerpts tables from Historical Statistics of the United States from Colonial Times. Data are updated using the Statistical Abstract. Table numbers match those in Historical Statistics.   HA 202 K87 Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Statistical Portrait of the United States: Social Conditions and Trends     Contains 12 thematic chapters with tables and charts and an appendix with detailed tables.  HA214 .S84 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Population Abstract of the United States  Information is organized alphabetically by state.  Each state section contains: a brief history of the formation of the state; a breakdown of urban and rural population from the earliest census to the present; current and historical population totals for all counties and incorporated places of 10,000 or more; and 1990 population totals for county subdivisions and places in the United States.  HA 202 B67 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Colonial America to 1763   Climate, natural history, and historical geography, native American life, chronology, to 1763 the economy, population statistics, diet and health, religion, government, the colonies, the cities, prominent and representative Americans, education, arts and letters, science and technology, architecture, holidays and calendars, popular life and recreation, &  crime and violence.-- A documentary sampler of Colonial America, 1492-1763.  E 188.P86 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Reference Table 5B contains many more print statistical sources on various subjects
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Online or Web Resources

American Factfinder  The American Factfinder is the Census Bureau's primary vehicle for distributing:2000 Census of Population and Housing, 1997 Economic Census, American Community Survey, 1990 Census of Population and Housing.   You can use American FactFinder to find statistics about population, housing, industry and business. Currently includes: 2000 Census Population and Race Data, 1990 Census Basic and Detailed Tables,  American Community Survey 1996-99 1997 Economic Census, Data Basic Reference Maps (2000 and 1990 Geography) Thematic Maps (1990 Geography) &  Search Address Feature.  New 2000 census material is being included as it becomes available.    Factfinder help    .  American Factfinder Guide from University of Wisconsin.

Census 2000   Profiles of General Demographic Characteristics -  United States & All states by county and city.  Sex, Age, Race, Relationship, Household Type, & Housing Tenure.  Census 2000 Powerpoint Presentation from Grace York - University of Michigan

Population Reference Center  2000 census - children, education, fertility, old age, labor, race, migration, fertility, mortality, political, marriage, family, income, poverty, etc. 

CensusScope  "CensusScope is an easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends, brought to you by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan. With eye-catching graphics and exportable trend data, CensusScope is designed for generalists and specialists."

Stat USA  This web site is available only in the library. Full-text, federal statistics database.  Contains over 300,000 reports and statistical series of business and economic data including:  General Economic Indicators,  Housing & Construction, Employment, Manufacturing & Industry, Monetary Statistics,  Monetary Statistics, Today's Global Business Opportunity Leads, Current Exchange Rates, Current & Historical Trade Leads,  Market & Country Research,  International Trade Statistics,  Current Press Releases & more.

Statistical Resources on the Web  from the University of Michigan Documents Center. This web site  is a comprehensive list of government and non-government web sites for statistics.  You can search for statistics by topic here.

FedStats  Official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. Tracks economic and population trends, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more. Access official statistics collected and published by more than 70 Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them. Browse  by topic, agency or search for key words or phrases.  Use  MapStats to profile your State, county, Federal judicial district, or congressional district.

Censtats   CenStats is a collection of statistical resources offered by the U.S. Census Bureau. Included in this resource are the following titles:  

  • Annual Survey of Manufactures
  • Building Permits
  • Census Tract Street Locator
  • Consolidated Federal Funds Report
  • County Business Patterns
  • International Trade Data
  • Occupation by Race and Sex
  • USA Counties
  • Zip Code Business Patterns
  • Financial Data for State and Local Governments and Schools

United States Historical Census Browser (1790-1960)  From the University of Virginia which presents data on the people and the economy of the United States from 1700 to 1960.

Selected Historical Census Data    Contains Decennial Census population, housing units, area measurements, density, population of the 100 largest cities, & foreign born population since 1850.

County Population Counts 1900-1990   Census Bureau

Map Stats  Statistical profiles of States, counties, Congressional Districts, and Federal judicial districts. 

Women In the United States  These tables present data on the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of women in the United States from the March 2000 supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Topics covered include geographic distribution, age and sex distribution, family type and family size, educational attainment, labor force participation and unemployment, occupational characteristics, family income, and poverty status. Data are presented for the United States. Tables 1-21 provide data for women and men. Census Bureau

Childstats.gov Easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.

 

America's Children 2007 "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2007 is a biennial report to the Nation on the condition of children in America. Nine contextual measures describe the changing population, family, and environmental context in which children are living, and 25 indicators depict the well-being of children in the areas of economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education."

Trends in the Well-Being of Children   "The report presents the most recent and reliable estimates on more than 80 indicators of well-being. It is intended to provide the policy community, the media, and all interested citizens with an accessible overview of data describing the condition of children in the United States. "  2002  2003

  • Population, family, and neighborhood;
  • Economic security;
  • Health conditions and health care;
  • Social development and behavioral health; and
  • Education and achievement.

Child Trends Databank " one-stop-shop for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being, with new indicators added each month!"

 

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Utah Statistics

Print Resources

 

Statistical Abstract of Utah   HA 661.S 723  Most recent edition is located at the Reference Desk.

Utah Facts   Utah Facts discusses issues such as tax rates, utility costs, transportation, education systems, cost of living and quality of life.  HA 663.U82 - Reference Table 3B, Middle Level North.  Online: 2004 2006

 

Utah Demographic Report     Comprehensive demographic information for the state of Utah.  This publication compares Utah with other states and contains historical demographics at the state, multi-county district and county levels.  HB 3513.U8.U6 - Reference Collection, Middle Level North.

Utah Data Guide    The Utah Data Guide newsletter provides data users with analyses on statistical data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census and other federal, state and local governments in Utah.  The newsletter educates readers about newly-published research related to a wide variety of demographic and economic topics including actual and estimated economic indicators and revenue comparisons.  This newsletter is published quarterly.  HB 848.U83 - Reference Collection, Middle Level North.  Also  Online.

Statistical Review of Government in Utah  A Report to the People on Taxes and the Cost of Government in Relation to the Utah Economy.  This contains demographic data, economic data, government revenue, federal expenditures, education radios and expenditures, social welfare, transportation & property tax information.  HA214 .S84 - Reference Collection, Middle Level North.

Population Abstract of the United States  Information is organized alphabetically by state.  Each state section contains: a brief history of the formation of the state; a breakdown of urban and rural population from the earliest census to the present; current and historical population totals for all counties and incorporated places of 10,000 or more; and 1990 population totals for county subdivisions and places in the United States. HA 202 B67 - Reference Collection, Middle Level North.

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Online or Web Resources

Utah Demographics  This site is from the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget and contains data from the 2000 Census, Fertility, Births & Deaths, Life Tables, and much more.

Census 2000  Profiles of General Demographic Characteristics -  County and city by  Sex, Age, Race, Relationship, Household Type, & Housing Tenure.

State and County Quick Facts  State and County QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state and county level.  

American Factfinder  The American Factfinder is the Census Bureau's primary vehicle for distributing:2000 Census of Population and Housing, 1997 Economic Census, American Community Survey, 1990 Census of Population and Housing.   Factfinder help      American Factfinder Tutorial    from Grace York - University of Michigan.  American Factfinder Guide from University of Wisconsin.

 

State, County, & City Rankings   Population, Income, Land Area, Household Size, Employment, Farms, Wages compared by state, county and city.

State & County Data Profiles  This includes  the standard data set containing population, employment, personal income, and building permits for 1980 through 1999,  a written description of the basic demographic and economic characteristics of each of Utah's counties. and maps of each county.

Map Stats   Statistical profiles of Utah, counties, Congressional Districts, and Federal judicial districts. 

County Population Counts 1900-1990   Census Bureau

Utah Motor Vehicle Registration Reports  

Utah Economic and Statistical Unit  Annual Reports, Tax Reports, Revenue Reports

Stateline.org  - News, crime, utilities, taxes, healthcare, welfare, comparisons with other states, budget, public policy issues.

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International Statistics

1999 UNESCO Statistical Yearbook The Yearbook contains data on education, science, culture and communication.  Currently available are the following areas: Selected indicators, Educational attainment of the population, National education systems, Enrolment ratios by level of education, Education at the first level: schools, teachers and pupils, Education at the third level: foreign students by country of origin, Public expenditure on education, Science and technology indicators, Daily newspapers, Radio broadcasting, and Television broadcasting.  HA203.A5 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Statistical Yearbook   (United Nations)  The most current statistics on social and economic conditions and activities at world, regional, and national levels, covering roughly a ten-year period. Includes data on national accounts, industry, energy, transport, international trade, and population.  HA 12.5.U63  The most recent issues are located on Reference Table 5B,  Middle Level North.  Look in the online catalog for the location of the older issues.

Statesman's Year-Book   This annual publication provides a summary of statistical, political, and economic data on all the countries of the world and many international organizations. For many countries, information is also available for administrative subdivisions. JA 51.A7.  The most recent edition is on Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.  Older editions are in General Collection, Top Floor.

International Historical Statistics  Three volumes: Africa, Asia and Oceania; The Americas; Europe. .  Presents comparative statistics over broad ranges of years, arranged by subject, from 1750 to 1988.  HA4675.M5* - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Statistical Abstract of the World   Comprehensive data of 185 countries of the world.  Includes physical characteristics; demographic subjects:  ethnicity, religion, and language; education; science and technology; government and defense; labor; energy, production, and manufacturing; and finance, economics, and trade. HA 154 S68 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Europa World Yearbook   Provides narrative and statistics on all nations.  Contains recent history of each country, constitution and law, and statistical surveys, including population of provinces and cities.  JN102.E852 - Reference Table 5A,Middle Level North.

The World Factbook   Released by the US Central Intelligence Agency  Data available for more than 260 countries. Includes the map and flag, geographic, population, government, economic, communication, transportation, military, and transnational issue information.  PREX 3.15 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.  Also  Online.

Country Studies  From the Defense Department, the Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. D 101 - Government Documents, Middle Level North.  Also Online.

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Online or Web Resources

2000 World Population Data Sheet    -  Population Reference Bureau.  Contains the latest population estimates, projections, and other key indicators for all geographic entities with populations of 150,000 or more and all members of the United Nations and Quick Facts by region or topic.

International Data Base    "The International Data Base (IDB) is a computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic, and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.  The IDB combines data from country sources (especially censuses and surveys) with IPC's (Census Bureau's International Programs Center) estimates and projections to provide information dating back as far as 1950 and as far ahead as 2050. Because the IDB is maintained at IPC as a research tool in response to sponsor requirements, the amount of information available for each country may vary. As funding and research activity permit, IPC will update and expand the coverage."

World Population Information  Links to:   World Population Profile, the latest published compendium and analysis of data on population, fertility, mortality, contraceptive use and related demographic topics by the U.S. Census Bureau. Includes a special chapter focusing in HIV/AIDS in the Developing World;  World Population 1950-2050  which has the latest estimates and projections of world population from the U.S. Census Bureau;  

Historical Estimates of World Population presents estimates of world population from different sources for years up to 1950. 

United Nations Global Statistics   Unannotated links to the major statistical agencies of each country  and links to international agencies, including UN bodies which publish statistics.

Statistical Resources on the Web - Foreign Government Data Sources from the University of Michigan

Countries of the World    From Infoplease.com   Each Country Profile provides information on: geography, maps, flag,  history current ruler, area, population, capital, largest cities, languages, ethnicity/race, religion, literacy rate, economy,  &  government.

Infonation  InfoNation is an easy-to-use, two-step database that allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical  data for the Member States of the United Nations.

Altapedia Online  Provides facts, figures and statistical data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, economy & more.

CountryWatch.com   "Comprehensive, current country information for the academic and business community, including political, economic, business, and environmental sections. Key statistical data provided. Current news articles on each country with a year of searchable backfiles allows the user to trace the development of recent events."

World Bank Group Country Data  "At-a-Glance tables present two pages of key indicators tracing the trends in social and economic development over the last three decades. Aggregates for each country's regional and income groups are also included. The headings are: poverty and social, key economic ratios and long term trends, structure of the economy, prices and government finance, trade, balance of payments, and external debt and resource flows. Charts such as the "development diamond" make it easy to see the relationships between indicators and among countries."

World Development Indicators 2001 "The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank's premier annual compilation of data about development. WDI 2001 includes approx. 800 indicators in 87 tables, organized in six sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links. The tables cover 148 economies and 14 country groups-with basic indicators for a further 59 economies. 

Tradeport Country Library  Older editions of Foreign Labor Trends for selected countries,  market research reports, Background Notes, demographics, political environment, trade information, contacts,  consular information sheets and links to other sites.

International Statistical Agencies - U.S. Census 

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State & Local Statistics - United States

Print Resources

Statistical Abstract of the United States   Since 1878, the Statistical Abstract has been the single most authoritative source of facts about the people, institutions and economy of the country. This is a publication of the Census Bureau and is compiled from government and private sources and is an excellent place to start when looking for statistics.  This is an annual and covers a broad range of topics, mostly United States, but includes some international.   Most recent edition is located at the Reference Desk.  Older editions in Government Documents  AE 2.108/2, Middle Level North.   Online   from 1878.

State Profiles:  The Population and Economy of Each U.S. State  Includes National trends, State Rankings, Overviews, Population and Labor Force, Economic Structure, Housing, Agriculture, Education, Health and Government and other valuable information such as notes and definitions.   HA203.S734  Reference Table  5B, Middle Level North.

Almanac of the 50 states  Basic Data Profiles with Comparative Tables.   Gives statistical and demographic profiles for each state plus the entire U.S. Also ranks the states according to 54 selected criteria (population, hospitals, crime rates, etc.).    HA203.A5  - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Population Abstract of the United States  Information is organized alphabetically by state.  Each state section contains: a brief history of the formation of the state; a breakdown of urban and rural population from the earliest census to the present; current and historical population totals for all counties and incorporated places of 10,000 or more; and 1990 population totals for county subdivisions and places in the United States. HA 202 B67 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Population of States and Counties of the United States  1790-1990   Historical population counts for every county in the country, arranged by state. Data cover the years from 1790 to 1990, or as far back as states and counties existed.  Native Americans were not counted until 1890.    C 3.2:P81/26 - Government Documents, Middle Level North.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book  Compilation of data concerning regions, states, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Included data derived from the census, vital statistics, education, crime, elections, and transportation. C 3.134/5 -  Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.  Also available on CD-ROM ( Reference Desk) and online. 

City and Country Data Book   Similar to the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book but covers all U.S. counties, cities with populations over 25,000, and places (town, boroughs, etc.) with a population of 2,500 or more. Includes coverage for states and regions (e.g. Northeast). Published in print every 5 years. C 3.134/2:C 83 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.  Available also on CD-ROM (Reference Desk)  and online.  

County and City Extra   Commercial version of the US Census Bureau's County and City Data Book. It is produced annually and contains everything from the City and County Data Book  with the addition of extra county detail, current estimates, comparative state tables, and new statistical releases from the Census Bureau.  HA 203.C68 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Statistical Portrait of the United States: Social Conditions and Trends   "Compilation of statistics and projections which together attempt to paint a portrait of American society (with international comparisons) and its changes over time. Data elements include standard demographic indicators population, crime, education, crime, environment, government, housing and living arrangements (i.e. household composition), health, income and labor, leisure activities (including religion and volunteering), and voting."   HA 214.S84 - Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North.

Reference Table 5B, Middle Level North, contains many more print statistical sources on various subjects

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Online or Web Resources

State and County Quick Facts  State and County QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state and county level.  

American Factfinder  The American Factfinder is the Census Bureau's primary vehicle for distributing:2000 Census of Population and Housing, 1997 Economic Census, American Community Survey, 1990 Census of Population and Housing.   Factfinder help      American Factfinder Guide from University of Wisconsin.

 

American Community Survey  The American Community Survey (ACS) is a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau that provides accurate and up-to-date profiles of America's communities every year.  The American Community Survey will provide estimates of housing, social, and economic characteristics every year for all states, as well as for all cities, counties, metropolitan areas, and population groups of 65,000 persons or more. For smaller areas, it will take two to five years to sample the same number of households as sampled in the decennial census. 

Census 2000    Profiles of General Demographic Characteristics -  United States & All states by county and city.  Sex, Age, Race, Relationship, Household Type, & Housing Tenure.

Regional Statistics from Fedstats  Economic and population trends, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, etc. 

Censtats 

U.S. Historical Census Data Browser  (1790-1970)   (1790-1970)   From the University of Virginia which presents data on the people and the economy of the United States from 1700 to 1970.

U.S. Fact Sheets -  Economic Research Service   State fact sheets provide information on population, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for each state in the United States. 

USA Counties "USA Counties features over 6,000 data items for the United States, States and counties from a variety of sources. Files include data published for 2005 estimates and many items from the 2000 Census of Population and Housing, the 1990 census, the 1980 census and the 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982 and 1977 economic censuses."

Map Stats  Statistical profiles of States, counties, Congressional Districts, and Federal judicial districts. 

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