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This database provides boundary and population data as well as raster data.

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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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"Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications, such as the Economic Report of the President, are included, which may vary from year to year." from web site

Budget documents from 1997 and forward are available from this site.

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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 Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool is brought to you by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. This analysis cutting tool was designed to provide rapid customized reports for public inquiries relating to campus crime data. The data are drawn from the OPE Campus Security Statistics Website database to which crime statistics are submitted annually, via a Web-based data collection, by all postsecondary institutions that receive Title IV funding (i.e., those that participate in federal student aid programs) as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act." from web site

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Generalized extracts of the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER Line files for administrative and census areas.

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A starting point for extensive online statistics on population, housing, income, economy, minorities, and more topics.

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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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"CDC.gov is CDC's primary online communication channel. From August 2007–July 2008, there were 489 million page views to the site, averaging 41 million page views per month. CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information on:

  • Data and Statistics
  • Diseases and Conditions
  • Emergencies and Disasters
  • Environmental Health
  • Healthy Living
  • Injury, Violence and Safety
  • Life Stages and Populations
  • Travelers' Health
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • And more...

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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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Search Coastal and Marine Geology Program Resources by topic, geograpical area, or content type. Content types include general information, project information, educational materials, photographs, movies, maps, publications, and data sets.

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"CBO's mandate is to provide the Congress with:

  • Objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget and
  • The information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process." from web site

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"The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years." from web site

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The Energy Information Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, provides energy briefs for many countries in the world. These articles include background, energy consumption by type, energy production, trade data related to energy, and an overview of energy, the environment, and the oil and gas industry for the country.

Select a country, then click on "Full Report."

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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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CQ Press Political Reference Suite of Online Editions integrates many of CQ Press's acclaimed reference titles on government and politics into a user-friendly, electronic format that offers a number of Web-enabled features that makes navigating this wealth of content intuitive and easy.

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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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Data.gov is a new search and access portal for data sets from the U.S. government.

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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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"Available from April 1995 forward, this monthly compilation is prepared for the Joint Economic Committee by the Council of Economic Advisors and provides economic information on prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, money and Federal finance." 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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" Polar, Wind, and Geotail are fundamental elements in NASA's global approach to understanding the Sun-Earth Connections system.

Operating as a distributed laboratory in space, events are routinely followed from their birth on the Sun, traced through the interplanetary medium, and then studied in terms of their effectiveness in creating geomagnetic storms and substorms in our near Earth environment.

The focus is on understanding the dynamics -- short- and long-term, large and small, through active and quiet solar periods." from web site

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Database for federal, state, and local geographic data.

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"The Geosciences Node of NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS) archives and distributes digital data related to the study of the surfaces and interiors of terrestrial planetary bodies. We work directly with NASA missions to help them generate well-documented, permanent data archives. We provide data to NASA-sponsored researchers upon request, along with expert assistance in using the data. Our focus is mainly on serving the planetary science community, but we also provide some support for the general user interested in geoscience data." from Web site

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"The Global Hydrology Resource Center (GHRC) World Wide Web pages provide hypertext links to information about many different groups at NASA/MSFC as well as other non-NASA sites. The suitability and content of information accessible from the GHRC Home Page is the responsiblity of the organizations at the GHRC or elsewhere that maintain that information. Each MSFC group has a contact listed at the bottom of its page. If you have questions about the content of a particular home page or information related to it, please contact the appropriate author, webmaster, and/or the Responsible NASA Official by following the highlighted links." from Web site

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"The solution to the world's landmine problem is to make mine-affected countries mine-safe through the execution of mine action programs that lead to raising awareness of the landmine danger, the removal of landmines themselves, and the provision of holistic assistance to landmine victims and their families.

"Hidden Killers" contains statistics of a country's landmine victims, population, land area affected, number of landmines, and number of unexploded ordnance (UXO)." from web site

The U.S. State Department issued its most recent report on landmines in 2001.

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"Completed in 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. During the early years of the HGP, the Wellcome Trust (U.K.) became a major partner; additional contributions came from Japan, France, Germany, China, and others. See our history page for more information.

Project goals were to

  • identify all the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA,
  • determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA,
  • store this information in databases,
  • improve tools for data analysis,
  • transfer related technologies to the private sector, and
  • address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project.

Though the HGP is finished, analyses of the data will continue for many years. Follow this ongoing research on our Milestones page. An important feature of the HGP project was the federal government's long-standing dedication to the transfer of technology to the private sector. By licensing technologies to private companies and awarding grants for innovative research, the project catalyzed the multibillion-dollar U.S. biotechnology industry and fostered the development of new medical applications." from web site

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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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"An atlas that gathers and presents information designed to help us understand continental-scale environmental issues has been released by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, CEC. The North American Environmental Atlas is intended for use by both environmental scientists and the citizens of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Its maps and services are designed to help the public visualize environmental topics at a continental scale. An example of this is the pollutant mapping tool in Google Earth that allows you to explore information about more than 30,000 facilities across our Nation, Mexico, and Canada. For professional users of geographic information, this Atlas offers basic cartographic and environmental data for the continent at no cost.

Map Layers include Agriculture, Biology, Boundaries, Climate, Environment, Geology, History, Map Reference, People, Transportation, and Water." from web site

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"The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry. NBII partners and collaborators also work on new standards, tools, and technologies that make it easier to find, integrate, and apply biological resources information. Resource managers, scientists, educators, and the general public use the NBII to answer a wide range of questions related to the management, use, or conservation of this nation's biological resources.

The NBII Program is managed by the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Informatics Office." from web site

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"As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, we compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. We are a unique public resource for health information–-a critical element of public health and health policy."

"Our health statistics allow us to:

  • document the health status of the population and of important subgroups
  • identify disparities in health status and use of health care by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, region, and other population characteristics
  • describe our experiences with the health care system
  • monitor trends in health status and health care delivery
  • identify health problems
  • support biomedical and health services research
  • provide information for making changes in public policies and programs
  • evaluate the impact of health policies and programs

Working with partners throughout the health community, we use a variety of approaches to efficiently obtain information from the sources most able to provide information. We collect data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing. NCHS is a key element of our national public health infrastructure, providing important surveillance information that helps identify and address critical health problems." from web site

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See below for NCDC access notes.

"[NCDC develops] both national and global data sets that have been used by both government and the private sector to maximize the resource provided by our climate and minimize the risks of climate variability and weather extremes. The Center has a statutory mission to describe the climate of the United States and NCDC acts as the Nation's Scorekeeper regarding the trends and anomalies of weather and climate. NCDC's climate data have been used in a variety of applications including agriculture, air quality, construction, education, energy, engineering, forestry, health, insurance, landscape design, livestock management, manufacturing, recreation and tourism, retailing, transportation, and water resources management among other areas. Our data and products fulfill needs ranging from building codes to power plant and space shuttle design. Our Nation's climate data are critical to our modern lifestyles." from web site

Follow these directions to access data from a computer workstation at the University of Akron or other educational institution:

  • This database works best with Internet Explorer.
  • Go to: http://www7.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/
  • Click on Local Climatological Data.
  • Now you should see on the left "Your Access is Free."
  • On that same page, scroll to the state you want on the right side, and click next.
  • Scroll to your specific area at the right, and click next.
  • Choose the year and month you want, and click next.
  • Click on the first highlighted blue line. Your data should open.

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"NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide." - from website

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"Earthquakes pose significant risk to 75 million Americans in 39 States. The USGS is the only Federal agency with responsibility for recording and reporting earthquake activity nationwide. Citizens, emergency responders, and engineers rely on the USGS for accurate and timely information on where an earthquake occurred, how much the ground shook in different locations, and what the likelihood is of future significant ground shaking." from web site

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"NGDC archives hundreds of digital data files and analog data sets ( paper, film, etc. ) containing descriptions and analyses of marine and lacustrine sediment and rocks from the sea floor. Data are compiled from US institutions and from international sources through exchange mechanisms including the World Data Center system." from web site

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"Natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes affect both coastal and inland areas. Long-term data from these events, including photographs, can be used to establish the past record of natural hazard event occurrences. These data are also important for planning, response, and mitigation of future events.

The National Geophysical Data Center plays a major role in post-event data collection. We also assist in the detection, location, and evaluation of the extent of certain hazards using satellite data. The types of hazards detected using the Defense Meteorological Satellite include fires, floods, hurricanes, and cyclones." from web site

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"The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) is stored in a geodatabase implementation of the NHD model. This provides great flexibility and efficiency to allow the data to work well in analysis using a geographic information system (GIS). To maximize the capability of the NHD, users should download the data in a file-based or personal geodatabase known as NHDinGEO. For those using the NHD to create simple maps, a shapefile version known as NHDinSHAPE also is available." from Web site

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"The NODC archives and distributes global oceanographic data and information. The data is used to preserve a historical record of the Earth's changing environment for ocean climate research, and for operational applications. NODC provides data products and services to scientists, engineers, resource managers, policy makers, outdoor adventurers and hobbyists, as well as other users in the United States and around the world." from web site

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"The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community." from web site

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GPS data maintained by United States Naval Observatory.

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Access several data sets available from the NCDC including

  • Local Climatological Data,
  • Climatological Data,
  • Hourly Precipitation Data,
  • Storm Data,
  • Monthly Climatic Data for the World, and
  • Climatological Data National Summary.
Some datasets can only be accessed with a University of Akron IP. If off-campus, see VPN. For more information, please select Ask a Librarian link.

Dataset Documentation and Metadata is available for many datasets. You can access datasets in many cases here as well, but must be re-directed several times to access the dataset for some of them.

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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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"OMB's predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President's spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President's Budget and with Administration policies.

In addition, OMB oversees and coordinates the Administration's procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies. In each of these areas, OMB's role is to help improve administrative management, to develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and to reduce any unnecessary burdens on the public." from web site

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See Ohio Geological survey for maps, data sets, and more. See other divisions via the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Web Site

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"Your source for reports and data about employment levels, unemployment rates, wages and earnings, employment projections, jobs, training resources and careers." 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 Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) releases 12 monthly and quarterly Principal Federal Economic Indicators collected by its constituent bureaus: the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Businesses rely heavily upon these indicators to make decisions every day. In their public comments, the Secretary and ESA’s Under Secretary and Chief Economist put the indicators into a national and global economic context." 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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"The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.

As more and more first-time investors turn to the markets to help secure their futures, pay for homes, and send children to college, our investor protection mission is more compelling than ever.

As our nation's securities exchanges mature into global for-profit competitors, there is even greater need for sound market regulation."from Web site

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STAT-USA closed down in September 2010, but the many useful links have been captured in a LibGuide from the University of Central Florida Libraries.

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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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"STORET (short for STOrage and RETrieval) is a repository for water quality, biological, and physical data and is used by state environmental agencies, EPA and other federal agencies, universities, private citizens, and many others. Take a minute to browse around our site or click on the water drop to retrieve monitoring data!" 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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"CO-OPS provides the national infrastructure, science, and technical expertise to monitor, assess, and distribute tide, current, water level, and other coastal oceanographic products and services that support NOAA's mission of environmental stewardship and environmental assessment and prediction. CO-OPS provides operationally sound observations and monitoring capabilities coupled with operational Nowcast Forecast modeling." 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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"The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point (http://data.un.org/). Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system." from web site

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The mission of FAS is to link U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. Search trade data, locate information about commodities, learn about trade negotiations and agreements, and learn about selling agricultural products overseas.

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Provides data for natural resources and environmental data.

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"A catalog of earth science data produced by the U.S. Geological Survey. Here you'll find documentation with links to the data files. To use the data, you'll need scientific software such as GIS." from Web site

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"The USGS mission is to provide water information that benefits the Nation's citizens: Publications, data, maps, and applications software. USGS Water Resources offices are located in every State." from web site

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"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business."from Web site

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