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United States and State Statistical Sources



American Community Survey

This resource provides sample data updates to the Decennial Census beginning with 2002 for all states and all places, Congressional Districts, counties, and metropolitan areas with populations larger than 65,000. ACS includes data on age, race, sex, ancestry, education, occupation, industry, commuting, fertility, labor force, income, and housing characteristics.

American FactFinder

American FactFinder is a U.S. Census Bureau data access system that provides facts and information about the community, economy, and society of the United States. The system will search the information from some of the Census Bureau's largest data sets. The site allows users to: find quick facts; view detailed tables; build customized data tables; and view geographic and thematic maps. Special data products include community profiles (census data for states, counties, cities, congressional districts, urbanized areas) and industry and business facts.

Census CD and Maps

This program allows users to customize a census search down to block and tract level. Most data is from 1990 census, but the program also includes some historical data. A mapping program to produce a map of the search done is also included. This program is available only on the computer terminals located in the Reference Area of Lovejoy Library.

Census Publications, 1790-1860 (Census Bureau)

Printed census volumes from 1790-1860 are available in PDF format. Additional years will be available in the future.


CenStats is a U.S. Census Bureau service that provides access to the following databases: County Business Patterns; USA Counties; Annual Survey of Manufacturers; ZIP Business Patterns; Census Tract/Street Index; Building Permits; U.S. Merchandise Trade: Exports, General Imports, and Imports for Consumption; and Occupation by Sex, Race and Hispanic Origins.

County and City Data Books: 1988, 1994, and 2000

The County and City Data book consists of statistical information on states, counties, cities, and places in the United States. This version allows you to choose cities/counties/states, then choose data variables, and then view or download the retrieved data.

Current Population Reports

Publications in PDF based on the Current Population Survey (CPS), which is a sample household survey of the non-institutional civilian population in the United States. It includes the following series: P20-Population Characteristics; P23-Special Studies; P60-Consumer Income and Poverty; P70-Household Economic Studies; and P25-Population Estimates and Projections.


Over 70 agencies of the United States federal government produce statistics. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy site provides easy access to the full range of statistics produced by these agencies. FedStats allows users to: connect to statistics by subject using an A to Z index; by searching by keyword; connecting to statistics-producing agencies by agency name; and connect to statistics-producing agencies by broad subject category.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book

The Data Book contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States at the state and metropolitan area levels. Selected data for component counties and cities of metropolitan areas are also included. The Data Book is presented as a PDF file although some files are available in html format.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

PDF versions of the Statistical Abstract are available from the Census Bureau web site for 1878-1929, 1953-58, and 1995+. Additional years will be available in the future.

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau site provides in-depth coverage of statistical information about the population and the economy of the United States. Included in the site are: Subjects A-Z, a program that allows users to connect to Census data by subject; Access Tools connects to data access tools developed and/or provided by the Census Bureau to extract and display on-line Census information; and Current Economic Indicators connects to recent releases of United States economic indicators.

United States Historical Census Data Browser, 1790-1970

The data provided describes the people and economy of the United States for each state and county from 1790 until 1970. The sources for the data set include U.S. Decennial Census and other information provided the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Council of Churches of the United States.

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Assessing the New Federalism

This database contains information on income, health, child well-being, demographic, fiscal, political, and social services data for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. The database is downloadable using Microsoft Access.


EconData.Net is a guide to regional economic activity and contains 400 links to social economic data sources that are arranged by subject and provider.

Stateliness Data Menu

This database contains comparative state statistics arranged by topic. This site is sponsored by the Pew Center and the University of Richmond.

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