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Statistics are data that has been analyzed in some way – percentages, graphs, charts – also called “statistical data”.

Statistics has been collected, organized and interpreted in some way, exist on a wide variety of subjects, including health, weather, crime, population characteristics, labor and employment, etc.



Data include sets of raw numbers, usually with many variables, and with the capability of being manipulated.

  • Datasets
  • Machine-readable data files, data files for statistical software programs

Resources to Search

  • Government Sources
  • Agency Websites
  • Library Databases
  • Search Engines (e.g. Google, Google Scholar)
  • Data Archives

U.S. Statistics

FedStats provides easy access to the public to statistical information produced by over 70 federal government agencies. Some of the agencies included are the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of the Census, National Center for Education Statistics and Internal Revenue Service.

American FactFinder
Hosted by the U.S. Census. Also a good source for data about agriculture, education, employment, health, law, etc. Their website features valuable links to other official statistical resources, both domestic and international.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
A national data book of statistics that reflect the social and economic condition of the United States.


International Statistics

United Nations Statistics Division
An excellent source for global statistics regarding such areas as social conditions, population and demographics, economic factors, the environment, industry, trade, etc. Also features an extensive page of links to other official statistical resources, both domestic and international.

Human Development Reports
Ranks and compares countries on a wide variety of statistics; let's you build custom tables comparing a wide variety of statistics between countries.

CIA World Factbook
Lists population, government, military, and economic information for nations recognized by the United States.
Allows users to generate graphs based on numerical data extracted from the CIA Factbook.


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