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New! This interactive application provides access to data from Census 2010, Census 2000, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, the latest Population Estimates, and more. It includes population, housing, economic, and geographic data. This resource replaces the legacy version of American FactFinder.

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These publications from the U.S. Census Bureau provide reports and tables on racial data from the Current Population Survey Reports.

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BEA is an agency of the Department of Commerce. Along with the Census Bureau and STAT-USA, BEA is part of the Department's Economics and Statistics Administration.

BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.

BEA is one of the world's leading statistical agencies. Although it is a relatively small agency, BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence the decisions made by government officials, business people, households, and individuals. BEA's economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy, are key ingredients in critical decisions affecting monetary policy, tax and budget projections, and business investment plans. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures.

The GDP was recognized by the Department of Commerce as its greatest achievement of the 20th century and has been ranked as one of the three most influential measures that affect U.S. financial markets. Since the NIPAs were first developed in the aftermath of the Great Depression, BEA has developed and extended its estimates to cover a wide range of economic activities.

Today, BEA prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, interindustry relationships, and the Nation's position in the world economy." from web page

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"The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics." from web site

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The Census Bureau's Subjects A-Z is a starting point for locating data collected by the Federal government. Use USA.gov or another search engine to locate up-to-date information or to find resources not listed here.

This resource replaces FedStats.gov, which was last updated in 2007.

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The U.S. Census Bureau compiles economic indicators that include the following:

  • Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories
  • Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
  • Construction Spending
  • New Home Sales
  • Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
  • Housing Starts/Building Permits
  • Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales
  • Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services
  • U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services
  • Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade
  • Quarterly Services Survey
  • Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining and Trade
  • Housing Vacancies and Homeownership

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PDFs of a significant portion of the Census of Population and Housing (1790-2000) are available from this resource. Click on the year, then navigate to the appropriate section. If you find that there are pages missing for the section you need, please contact the Government Documents Librarian. We may have them in print, or we can request them from another library.

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This web site offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education." from web site

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This comprehensive and frequently updated resource includes detailed data for every country in the world. Each country profile includes background, geographic data, demographic data, information about the government, economic data, communications data, transportation data, military data, and a section on transnational issues.

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"The County and City Data Book is the most comprehensive source of information about the individual counties and cities in the United States. It includes data for all U.S. states, counties, and cities with a population of 25,000 or more. It contains additional data for places with a population of 100,000 or more. Also included is a complete set of state maps showing all counties, places of 25,000 or more population, and metropolitan areas.

Information in the County and City Data Book covers the following topical areas: age, agriculture, births, business establishments, climate, construction, crime, deaths, earnings, education, elections, employment, finance, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, race and Hispanic origin, social services, and water use.

Files contain a collection of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical bureaus, governmental administrative and regulatory agencies, and private research bodies." from web site

Older editions are available online through the University of Virginia Library.

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"This resource provides access to the 1944 through 2000 County and City Data Books. This service provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets (subsets only available for 1988-2000)." from web site

Hosted by the University of Virginia Library.

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"County Business Patterns is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning."

"This series has been published annually since 1964 and at irregular intervals dating back to 1946. The comparability of data over time may be affected by definitional changes in establishments, activity status, and industrial classifications." from web site

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"The Current Industrial Report (CIR) program has been providing monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity for many years. The primary objective of the CIR program is to produce timely, accurate data on production and shipments of selected products. The data are used to satisfy economic policy needs and for market analysis, forecasting, and decision-making in the private sector."

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"The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years.

The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. The sample is scientifically selected to represent the civilian noninstitutional population. Respondents are interviewed to obtain information about the employment status of each member of the household 15 years of age and older. However, published data focus on those ages 16 and over. The sample provides estimates for the nation as a whole and serves as part of model-based estimates for individual states and other geographic areas.

Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. They are available by a variety of demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment. They are also available by occupation, industry, and class of worker. Supplemental questions to produce estimates on a variety of topics including school enrollment, income, previous work experience, health, employee benefits, and work schedules are also often added to the regular CPS questionnaire." from web site

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"The primary purpose of the Digest of Education Statistics is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). To qualify for inclusion in the Digest, material must be nationwide in scope and of current interest and value. The publication contains information on a variety of subjects in the field of education statistics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international education. Supplemental information on population trends, attitudes on education, education characteristics of the labor force, government finances, and economic trends provides background for evaluating education data." from publisher's web site

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"Provides the date and time of key economic data releases. When available, links on the calendar direct you straight to the data source." from web site

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The Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides official energy statistics from the U.S. government, including market updates, forecasts, and state and international country profiles.

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Data products from the U.S. Census Bureau related to foreign trade include Trade Highlights, Country/Product Trade Data, State Export Data, and Historical Series going back as far as 1960.

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"Since 1934, the SEC has required disclosure in forms and documents. In 1984, EDGAR began collecting electronic documents to help investors get information. The SEC's new system, IDEA, requires data disclosure - the next step to improve how investors find and use information."

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Data and analysis from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics includes immigration enforcement actions, estimates of unauthorized immigrant population, nonimmigrant admissions to the United States, and data about refugees and asylees. Also includes the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics.

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From the U.S. International Trade Commission:

"The USITC Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb provides international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data to the public full-time and free of charge.

U.S. import statistics, U.S. export statistics, U.S. tariffs, U.S. future tariffs and U.S. tariff preference information are available on a self-service, interactive basis. The USITC DataWeb responds to user-defined queries integrating international trade statistics with complex tariff and customs treatment, and allows both expert and non-expert users to create and save customized country and product lists for future re-use from anywhere in the world.

International trade data are available for years 1989- present on a monthly, quarterly, annual, or year-to-date basis and can be retrieved in a number of classification systems, including the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), or the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Pre-defined reports on international trade statistics are also available by geographic region and partner country. Current U.S. tariffs, which are maintained and published by the USITC as a statutory responsibility, can be accessed via the USITC DataWeb, and retrieved with relevant international trade data." from web site

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Directory to official statistical offices for countries around the world.

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This publication from the U.S. Census Bureau includes the census questionnaires and instructions for every United States census, including the separate questionnaires for free, slave, and Indian inhabitants. It also includes a guide to the availability of census schedules and other finding guides. The last section of the publication is a detailed history of the decennial censuses.

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"The School District Demographics site is related to the access and use of school district demographic information. The site's purpose is:

  • To provide access to information about demographics, social characteristics, and economics of children and school districts from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • To enable users to directly access school district geographic and demographic data.
  • To provide information about school district demographic concepts, uses, and applications to facilitate effective use of these information resources." from web site

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"The Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS) is part of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. NODIS is designated by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census as the regional data center for northern Ohio. NODIS is a depository for U.S. Census information, which is made available to the university community, public administrators, civic organizations and the general public on a cost-recovery basis. NODIS is a leader in the use of information technology, particularly geographic information systems (GIS). NODIS provides data analysis, mapping and programming services, technical assistance, programming and training.

"NODIS is your online connection to demographic and economic data for Ohio, especially post-1990 data tables and area profiles. The majority of data, maps and reports are based on geographies in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties). NODIS also makes available data for other areas in Ohio and the US as well. The information contained in this website originates from a number of sources, including the Bureau of the Census and the Ohio Department of Development." - from web site

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Population projections for the United States as well as for all of the states from the U.S. Census Bureau.

"Projections are estimates of the population for future dates. They illustrate plausible courses of future population change based on assumptions about future births, deaths, net international migration, and domestic migration. Projected numbers are typically based on an estimated population consistent with the most recent decennial census as enumerated, projected forward using a variant of the cohort-component method." from web site

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"The Office of Policy is responsible for analysis and research on policy initiatives for the Social Security Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) programs and the Supplemental Security Income program. Staff study the effects of those programs and of changes to them on individuals, the economy, and program solvency." from web page

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"Welcome to State Energy Profiles – EIA’s new gateway to all of EIA’s State energy data, plus individual State Profiles that present key facts and statistics about State energy markets and industries. Many of the statistics in the Profiles will be updated simultaneously with data updates on the EIA web site. More extensive updates to the Profiles will take place periodically.

Current Features of the State Energy Profiles

  • Energy Maps display State energy infrastructure and renewable energy potential.
  • Quick Facts provide the most important State energy information.
  • Written Overviews explain how fossil fuels, renewables, and alternative energy sources affect each State’s energy markets.
  • Data Tables provide the most current State-level statistics from EIA surveys.
  • Associated Links take users to specific web pages on which EIA’s detailed data and time series can be found.
  • State Data Directory Pages provide comprehensive lists by subject of EIA’s State-level information plus direct links to the information." from web site

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"The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.

Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations." from the web site

The latest edition is available on the Web and in print at the Bierce Reference Desk. Some earlier editions are available on the Web, and most earlier editions are available in print in the Government Documents area.

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"Statistics Canada, a member of the Industry Portfolio, produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

In Canada, providing statistics is a federal responsibility. As Canada’s central statistical agency, Statistics Canada is legislated to serve this function for the whole of Canada and each of the provinces.

Objective statistical information is vital to an open and democratic society. It provides a solid foundation for informed decisions by elected representatives, businesses, unions and non-profit organizations, as well as individual Canadians.

In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are about 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.

We at Statistics Canada are committed to protecting the confidentiality of all information entrusted to us and to ensuring that the information we deliver is timely and relevant to Canadians." from web site

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"This website is an integrated collection of the indicators and analyses published in The Condition of Education 2000–2008. Some indicators may have been updated since they appeared in print." from web site

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TIGER stands for Topically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system, and provides shapefiles for use with GIS software.

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TradeStats Express (TSE) has data for national imports and exports, and state exports.

TSE has annual and quarterly data for commodity codes of 2 and 4 digits, and data for trade groups and geographic regions. This is a summarized version of USA Trade Online.

Help page for TSE.

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This is the official gateway to statistics collected by the United Kingdom.

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From the National Center for Heath Statistics: "Annual reports that present detailed vital statistics data, including natality, mortality, marriage and divorce. These reports are available for download or as bound volumes in many large public and university libraries."

Includes data from 1890 to 1994, with selected data through 2003.

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