Finding Statistical Information

This is a guide to selected print and online statistical resources. While basic resources are included, there are many others that cannot be covered here because of length. For assistance in using these resources, or to find additional information, contact a Reference Librarian.

United States - General
American FactFinder
The U.S. Census Bureau's source for U.S. population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
Digital Librarian: Statistics
Links to statistical sources. Primarily U.S., but some international.
A guide to statistics produced by the United States government.
State and County QuickFacts
Statistics for state or county. Includes data for cities and towns with a population of more than 25,000.
Publications from the U.S. Census Bureau Library
This page lists the most recent publications released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
United States - Historical
Historical Census Browser
Data for state and county topics for individual census years from 1790 to 1960.
Historical Statistics of the United States -- REFERENCE HA202.H57 2006
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.
Official website of the statistical agency of the European Commission. Hundreds of statistical reports under Data and Publications, including a broad range of statistics from health to exports to employment.
Europa World Yearbook (latest print copy in Reference: JN1.E85)
An excellent source for basic country information. Covers recent history plus the current political and economic system in each country of the world. Includes some statistics, information on political parties and political structure, and media information.
Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)
FRED is an online database consisting of more than 148,000 economic data time series from 59 national, international, public, and private sources. FRED is created and maintained by Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
International Database
The US Census Bureau provides this interactive searchable database of international statistical information. The Census Bureau's IDB is highlighted by IDB Online Access, which allows the user to select one of 26 demographic, ethnic, and economic variables and any or all of the countries in the world, and receive a table for that variable for the latest year, selected individual years, or a range of years. is a central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. You can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.
OECD Statistics Portal
Portal to statistics on a variety of topics for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries.
Statesman's Yearbook Online  Print also available: JA51.S7 (latest in Reference)
Quick reference data on area, population, defense, economy, energy, natural resources, industry and trade, communications, religion, education and welfare. Alphabetical arrangement by country.
United Nations Statistics Division
Access point to statistical data compiled by the UN and other international agencies. Click on the Statistics Databases tab at the top of the homepage to go to the databases page.
World Data (Britannica Online)
Find country information and statistics. Includes country snapshots, country comparisons (current and chronological), and and ranked statistics.
World Factbook
Data about countries around the world, including government, geography, transportation and economic statistics, collected by the CIA.
Special Topics
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Provides data on the U.S. murder rate, drug use, crime rates, and reports on such subjects as violence against women, capital punishment, drugs and crime, guns used in crimes, and prison populations.
Economics and Statistics Administration
ESA’s expert economists and analysts produce in-depth reports, fact sheets, and briefings on policy issues and current economic events.
Provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-access data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators.
National Agricultural Statistics Service
Data on crops, livestock, costs and prices, demographics, and environmental aspects of agriculture. Data can be retrieved for the entire US, or by state and county.
National Center for Education Statistics
The NCES is responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and internationally. Numerous publications and data sets available online.
National Center for Health Statistics
A broad range of United States health statistics documenting the health status of the population and of important subgroups.

Last updated September 6, 2016