This site offers a report by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, which conducts statistical research on older Americans. The report, entitled "Older Americans 2000: Key Indicators of Well-Being, provides statistics and information on the elderly including the "population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and healthcare." Visitors may download the entire report as a PDF file, or read various segments of it online or in PDF.
The U.S. Census Bureau offers this portal for statistical information on United States demographics, including population, housing, economics and geography. Find statistics about employment, income and poverty, population and housing, housing occupancy, education, ancestry, language and more. Sources include the Decennial Census, the Economic Census, the American Community Survey and the Population Estimates Program.
The Analysis Division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers a single point of entry for several databases that provide transportation-related statistics, profiles and reports. The databases include SafeStat Online, Crash Profiles Online and Program Measures. Compare state and national statistical data. Recently, some data was removed temporarily from SafeStat Online because of concerns about accuracy.
Published 8 times per year, the Federal Reserve Bank offers "anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources. The Beige Book summarizes this information by District and sector."
The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects, analyzes, publishes and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. Its Web site offers statistics on crimes and victims, criminal offenders, drug crimes, trends in homicide, firearms in crime, crime trends, and more.
The Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education offers this database of crime statistics for colleges and universities in the United States. Search by geographic region, state, city, institution name, type of institution or instructional program, or by number of students enrolled. However, many colleges do not report local crime statistics.
Canadian governmental agency, Industry Canada, offers the Canadian Importers Database. Search by product, city or country of origin to find statistical data as well as major importers and their company addresses. The product search feature enables queries using the harmonized schedule codes.
The American Cancer Society publishes statistics about cancer incidents and mortality every year. This Web site contains data from 1997 to present on cancer incidence, mortality, survival and cancer risk factors. It provides annual estimates of expected new cancer cases and deaths. A special section covers cancer disparities by race or ethnicity and socioeconomic status. You can review popular tables individually, or display the entire document (PDF). The annual documents also contain additional related facts such as environmental cancer risks and nutrition and physical activity.
This utility serves as a gateway to a wide variety of information available from the Centers for Disease Control. Find articles from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), prevention guidelines, mortality statistics, cancer statistics, and a variety of other public health data.
The American Community Survey is an ongoing survey sent to a sample of the population.
The U.S. Census Bureau pulls together its statistical resources on businesses and industries. Find, for example, the current economic indicator, charts reporting sales in various industries, e-commerce statistics, County Business Patterns, Statistics of U.S. Businesses, foreign trade statistics, manufacturing, mining, and construction statistics, and more.
Find select statistical research reports going back to 1980. Coverage includes Research Report Series and Study Series (August 2001 forward) as well as the Statistical Research Report Series, Working Papers in Survey Methodology, Ethnographic Exploratory Research Report Series and Ethnographic Evaluation of the 1990 Decennial Census Reports (pre-August 2001). The reports cover social and computing issues, and are available in abstract or full-text formats.
The Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan offers this tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends. It provides metropolitan area, state, and county charts that reveal population growth, and population by age, race, or family structure. Other charts measure educational attainment and languages spoken. Maps show the age and race of the population and family structures. Rankings show population growth by state or county.
A program of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data provides a statistical database of information concerning all public elementary and secondary schools (approximately 95,000) and school districts (approximately 17,000). Use the pull-down menu under Data Resources to find various search options, including the ability to create your own table of statistical information.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers Consumer Price Indexes, news releases, reports and fact sheets.
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) offers information about Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) lending activity. The CRA "is intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate." Obtain statistics about small business or small farm loans or community development lending by county, metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or financial institution. Also find CRA ratings and reports. The site provides a search engine.
The National Center for Education Statistics provides a database for comparing public libraries. Using the most current data available from the Public Libraries Survey, the database lets you compare criteria, such as the number of degreed librarians on staff, operating revenue and expenditures, collection size, services and more.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor provides several publications on compensation, safety and health and collective bargaining issues. Find tables and charts, as well as articles, surveys and studies.
Developed and maintained by the Volpe Center for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Crash Profiles Online provides summaries of crash statistics concerning large trucks and buses involved in fatal and non-fatal accidents in the U.S. Data comes from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) Crash File. It includes statistics about drivers, vehicles, the environment, accidents, carriers, and locations.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) makes available information from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The data for the survey comes "from a nationally representative sample of 42,000 households comprising nearly 76,000 persons on the frequency, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States."
You may compare some of the results of this survey and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports at this site. You may compare some of the results of this survey and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports at this site.
This National Center for Education Statistics publication covers 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, employment and income of graduates, libraries, and international education. Display sections of the Digest as Web pages, or download it in portable document format (PDF)
ERSys.com (aka Earth Resource System) helps researchers find facts about specific U.S. cities and towns. To start, select a state, and then a municipality, from the drop down menu. Information provided includes basic city facts (population, county, school district, area codes, time zone, central zip code and U.S. Representative), current weather and links to local contacts. Following the link for the school district retrieves statistics for that particular district from the National Center for Education Statistics. You may also link directly to more information about the member of Congress.
The Federal Aviation Administration offers an index to statistical data and reports on accidents at airports or involving airplanes. The site provides access to preliminary as well as final data. Preliminary data is defined as "accident and incident data that has been received by the Office of Accident Investigation during the last 10 business days."
A statistical database of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAOSTAT covers topics such as production, trade, land use, population, fertilizer and pesticides, exports and more. To begin, select a broad category--agriculture, nutrition, fisheries, forestry or food quality control. Then choose one of the data collections. The next screen to appear contains options for the type of statistical data you desire. You can, for example, discover the number of live animal stocks (by type of animal) in specific countries or regions.
The Social Security Administration offers this online publication for finding answers to questions about the programs SSA administers. It highlights basic program data for the Social Security (retirement, survivors, and disability) and Supplemental Security Income programs. Most of the data come from the Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin. Information on the income of the aged is from the data series Income of the Population 55 or Older.
The U.S. Census Bureau offers a quick and easy way to access economic and demographic data for the United States, states, counties and congressional districts.A special feature lets you enter a street address and zip code to find its congressional district. Also find direct access to various statistical sources, including State and County Quick Facts and Statistical Abstract of the United States.
The National Center for Health Statistics offers a subject index to statistical information related to health issues.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) offers databases containing information about individual banks and the banking industry. Find the status of insured depository institutions, their financial condition and their condition relative to other institutions. Specific databases include the Institution Directory, Call and Thrift Financial Reports, FDIC/OTS Summary of Deposits, Deposit Market Share Report, Trust Institutions Information, Bank and Thrift Rating Services for Consumers, Uniform Bank Performance Reports (UBPR), FDIC Enforcement Decisions and Orders, Final Orders from the Board of Directors, Merger Decisions, FDIC Failed Financial Institution Information and Reports of Changes to Financial Institutions and Offices. Also find applications for profiling the banking industry and analyzing national and regional trends, summaries of financial data and historical studies.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics offers this resource for obtaining "information about suspects and defendants processed in the Federal criminal justice system."
The Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis offers scanned images of select historical documents providing banking and economic statistics. Publications covered include Annual Statistical Digest, Banking and Monetary Statistics, Economic Indicators and others. You will also find historical statistical releases from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 1985 to 2003.
Seventy federal government agencies come together to provide statistics on everything from agriculture to weekly earnings. Although researchers may search the site, I have found that using simple queries often yields the best results. Moreover, if you know the agency likely to provide such statistics, I recommend limiting by agency.
The U.S. Census Bureau offers several publications for finding statistics on foreign trade. This Web page provides access to relevant press releases, exporter profiles, data on U.S. trade in goods (published jointly with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis), and Federal Register notices and rule-makings.
Economy.com, "provider of economic, financial, and industry research" for investors, offers this database of economic and financial statistics. Users must register to retrieve data, but more than 1 million data series are available for downloading, or display, free of charge.
Some of data includes the House Price Index, new non-residential construction, bankruptcies, imports, exports, consumer loans, bank balance sheets, interest rates, unemployment, and more.
The Gender & Development Group (PREM Gender) of the World Bank provides this database on gender-specific statistics. Compiled from data sources that include national statistics, United Nations databases and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys, the database supplies profiles or specific data for countries around the world. It covers basic demographics, poverty issues, health, education, socio-economic issues and politics. Some parts of the database are incomplete as of this review.
A project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the site provides statistical data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators. You may browse data by topic or by country. The site enables downloading the data as tab-delimited text files for further analysis. It also enables printing or sending the data as an e-mail message.
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council offers several reports on home mortgage lending and insurance (PMI) activities. Obtain statistics about conventional loans, refinancings, home improvement loans, and more by metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or financial institution. Also find a copy of Regulation C, which requires certain mortgage lenders to disclose data regarding HMDA reportable loans, as well as staff commentary.
The Justice Research and Statistics Association, a national non-profit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center directors, researchers and practitioners, offers this free database of information on the activities and publications of the state Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). Search by indexing terms (called keywords) or keyword in the publication title or description to find bibliographic citations, abstracts and contact information. Topics covered in the database include statistics on crimes against the elderly, substance abuse, domestic violence, homicide, misdemeanors, organized crime, school violence and more.
The United Nations offers a database that lets you compare statistical data for the Member States. Choose up to five countries to retrieve charts that provide an overview (population, population density, largest urban agglomeration, surface area), economic data (urban growth rate, gross domestic product (GDP), GDP per capita, tourist arrivals, growth of economic activity rate for adult female population), environmental data (energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, water resources, cropland, precipitation, forested area, threatened species), health data (undernourished, infant mortality, population aged 0-14, fertility) and technological data (primary energy production, motor vehicles, telephone lines, Internet users, television receivers, newspaper circulation). Another useful feature is Country at a Glance, which provides statistical information and brief analyses for the Member States regarding the population, economy, environment, health and technology. There is also a Spanish-language equivalent.
Looking for statistics about the growth and use of the Internet? This Weblog, by Marcus P. Zillman, author of eCurrent Awareness Resources 2003, provides links to resources on Internet demographics.
Published annually by the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS Data Book contains statistical tables and organizational information covering the fiscal year.
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC), publisher of the annual Survey of Judicial Salaries, makes available this Web site, which provides the latest data. You may rank judicial positions by the most current salary data available (but results appear in alphabetical order). You may search salary data by state or region and judicial position as well as the latest reporting period. The easiest way to display the most current data for an individual state is to use the "US Map Interface" feature. The site also provides brief information about how states set judicial salaries.
We encountered one technical issue with the site. When conducting a search, if the query yields no matches, the searcher sees a blank Web page with no explanatory text. Similarly, if you fail to select a required field (e.g., latest reporting period), you receive an ASP scripting error.
The Justice Research and Statistics Association is a national non-profit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors, researchers and practitioners. It provides information about the SACs, a database of statistical publications on crimes and criminal justice issues, reports and other publications, and more. The Web site also links to several project Web sites maintained by the Association.
This International Labour Office (ILO) database contains labor statistics for over 200 countries or territories. Find annual or monthly statistics concerning employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, labor cost, occupational injuries, strikes, and more.
Available via FedStats, MapStats provides state, county, federal judicial district, or congressional district profiles. Federal judicial district profiles provide crime-related statistics. State, county, and U.S. profiles provide demographic, social and business statistics.
Upon selecting a state or county, locate other available statistics by following the link labeled "browse more data sets." You'll find agricultural, health (state level only), labor (state level only), crime, education (state level only), and environmental statistics.
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) acquires, processes and distributes criminal justice data. Search by keyword or pre-established subject terms to find descriptions of studies, reports and other data collections. Researchers may download the data subject to certain legal restrictions.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the President, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) offers justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. It offers reference and referral services on crime and justice-related questions, reports and other publications, a database (NCJRS Abstracts Database) with bibliographic information on criminal justice resources, and more.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of National Drug Control Policy offers this site, which provides news and information about criminal justice issues. Topics covered include corrections, the courts, drug crimes, juvenile justice, crime victims, statistics and more. Two databases enable searching for NCJRS publication abstracts or full-text. Publications are available free of charge. Select full-text print publications may be ordered.
A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, this clearinghouse provides encyclopedia-like information about diseases and conditions associated with diabetes, the digestive system or the kidneys. Essays often contain illustrations. It offers statistics, information about clinical trials and clinical practice guidelines, links to related associations, government agencies and databases, as well as Spanish translations of its publications. This is a good starting point for research pertaining to digestive disorders.
This official United Kingdom statistics Web site enables searching or browsing for national statistics. Find statistics pertaining to health, crime, demographics, commerce, agriculture, the economy, tourism, and more.
An Australian publishing company maintains this site, which lets visitors compare countries and generate graphs based on numerical data extracted from the CIA Factbook. Find and compare agricultural, crime, economic, energy, environment, health, labor, manufacturing and other statistics. Generate on-screen or printable graphs. Paying subscribers can also generate pie charts and animated scatterplots. Other features include country statistical profiles, which provide detailed statistics in a specific category. For example, a profile on crime reveals the number and ranking (compared to other countries in the region) of crimes acquitted, assaults, convictions, frauds, murders, rapes, etc. You can also see how your country ranks compared to the world. For example, the United States has the most reported car thefts overall, but Australia has the most reported car thefts per 1000 people.
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) offers a database containing summaries of the more than 195,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the NCJRS Library collection. Search by title, subject, author or other criteria to find bibliographic information and abstracts. You may download search results. A separate document explains how to obtain them. Many are available online in full text.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes this handbook containing information about what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. Search or browse it online.
Office of Immigration Statistics of the Department of Homeland Security offers several documents containing statistics about non-immigrant, legal permanent residents, naturalized citizens and immigrants.
Developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, PeriStats provides free access to maternal & infant health data in the United States. Obtain state statistical profiles on infant mortality and premature births or state statistics on birth issues such as multiple births, birth defects, smoking, alcohol and drugs and health insurance coverage. You can also create U.S. or individual state maps or graphs for specific maternal and infant health indicators. The site also offers an e-mail alerting service.
The Department of Health and Human Services offers poverty guidelines from 1982 to present. Guidelines include Federal Register references or text. Also find additional information and references; for example, an explanation of the difference between poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines.
The National Center for Education Statistics offers this database for comparing the finances of a school district with its peers. "Peer districts are districts which share similarities among these characteristics: total students; Student/Teacher Ratio; Percent Children in Poverty; District Type; and Locale Code." Data provided includes revenues, expenditures and district characteristics.
The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated
report that provides an annual portrait of education in the United
Developed and maintained by the Volpe Center for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, SafeStat Online provides a snapshot of a motor carrier's safety record. It covers motor carriers in the U.S. and its territories, Canada, Mexico, Central America and U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). Search by carrier name or other criteria. Obtain information about the carrier. Information about its safety rating, accidents, moving violations and vehicle inspections has been temporary removed because of concerns about the accuracy of the data.
Schoolbug.org offers information about public schools and school districts in the United States. Use the interactive map or text links to find schools in a particular county. Information provided includes the name of the school, school district, mailing address, phone number, grades covered, total number of students, student/teacher ratio, number of full-time staff and ethnic statistics. School district details include a district phone number, mailing address, total number of students and the number of schools.
Sponsored by Standard & Poor's, this Web site provides educators, policymakers, business leaders, parents and taxpayers with an independent analysis of school and school district data. The site's goal is to empower this target audience with the information needed to implement more effective school reform policies. It provides basic information, as well as data and analysis on public schools in each state. For example, you will find the state agency contact information, statistics on public education in the state, including the number of students, schools and districts, spending per student, and performance on standardized tests. You will find analytical reports, community demographics and more. There is also a glossary of educational terms. This is a free public service Web site.
The National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, makes available this annual report of the most recent cancer incidence, mortality, survival, prevalence in the United States as well as lifetime risk statistics. You may browse or search the report. Earlier versions of the report are available back to 1993. There is also a glossary of statistical terms, links to related material and fact sheets for the types of cancer covered in the report.
The Utilization of Criminal Justice Statistics Project and the University at Albany offer this online edition of the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics. It covers the characteristics of the criminal justice systems, public attitudes toward crime, the nature and distribution of known offenses, the characteristics of persons arrested, judicial processing of defendants, and persons under correctional supervision.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes this classification system. Federal statistical agencies use it to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. Browse the publication or search it by keyword.
The U.S. Census Bureau offers this compilation of statistical information about states and counties.
The National Center for Education Statistics provides information about state elementary, secondary and postsecondary education. Search by state to find state statistics and national averages. Statistics include the number of schools, students and teachers, pupil to teacher ratio, revenue and expenditures, and demographics. You may compare up to 4 states by holding the control key while selecting the states.
The U.S. Census Bureau offers a statistical report, which summarizes taxes collected by state in up to 25 tax categories.
Developed by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts with the support of several federal government agencies, the Web site provides statistics and customized charts concerning disability related issues. The data comes from state mental health agencies, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Labor. You may obtain statistics in 2 major areas -- state trends and individual outcomes. A state comparison tool lets you compare statistics for up to 3 states.
Find a new interface to this reference work. It provides a chart of hyperlinked tables, from the 1995 edition to present, for easy comparison.
The specialty site by University of Michigan Documents Center site indexes and briefly annotates electronic statistical information sources. Entries include the resource title, source or publisher, URL and description. The site covers a vast array of topics of social, economic, political and international interest. It recently began experimenting with a statistics database.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics summarizes, and links to, publications that provide drug and crime facts. Find, for example, a survey of inmates' prior use and dependence on drugs and alcohol and a report on federal drug prosecutions.
This site categorizes statistical resources and covers many topics, including health, education, consumer opinion, crime, and more. A search feature appears to query data beyond that which appears in the topical index. An attractive option suggests related categories within the index. Sometimes search results yield paid listings from Sprinks, which appear at the top. They carry the potentially troublesome label, Featured Link.
The U.S. International Trade Commission provides information about the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the United States, which was enacted by Congress and made effective on January 1, 1989. The HTS replaces the former Tariff Schedules of the United States. Find the current Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (PDF), an archive of annotations, a list of changes to the HTS, studies or proposed modifications to the HTS, a database of current tariffs, as well as links to Customs ports of entry and Customs rulings.
TRAC Reports, a data research and distribution service associated with Syracuse University, provides information about the caseload and court activity of federal district court judges.
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics created this site to help researchers find transportation-related statistics. It provides a searchable index of over 100 transportation-related databases covering many modes of transportation, a profile of each database, and more. I recommend beginning with the Getting Started link. It opens two useful directories -- By Mode and By Subject -- on the left-hand side of the page. Review the Data Source information to access the indexed databases.
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research provides its publications based on the research it conducts on health needs and health policy. Reports provide analysis and data and focus on 1) access to health care and insurance coverage, 2) health promotion and disease prevention, 3) management of chronic conditions and 4) public programs and the finance and systems of health care.
The Institute provides global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, technology, culture and communication. You will find reports (in PDF) as well as tables containing statistics compiled from UNESCO databases. The site also offers articles, manuals, fact sheets, newsletters and more.
The FBI makes available statistics and reports from its Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The reports include Crime in the United States, which is compiled from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies. In addition to the annual statistical reports, you will find special studies and monographs as well as information about the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), UCR Frequently Asked Questions and UCR Incident Specific Questions.
The Mann Library at Cornell University provides a single interface for searching reports and datasets from the economic agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The database is international in scope and covers topics like farm sector economics, field crops, food, land, water and conservation, livestock, dairy and poultry, trade issues and more. Search by keyword to find reports or datasets issued by the Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service and World Agricultural Outlook Board.
Wilshire Associates Incorporated offers current and historical data from several Wilshire Indexes. You can generate tables of daily total returns by Wilshire index (Broad market, Style, Target, Specialty, including Internet and Real Estate). Monthly tables are available for other select indexes (S & P, Dow Jones, NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ). Values other than the U.S. dollar also can be displayed. The site enables downloading the data in spreadsheet (CSV) format.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers a database containing fatal and nonfatal injury data. Fatal injury reports present U.S. mortality data based on deaths and death rates by specific causes of injury. It also provides charts on leading causes of death and years of potential life lost (premature death). Nonfatal injury reports provide national estimates of nonfatal injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. It also includes charts of leading causes of nonfatal injuries. By answering a series of questions, you can customize the reports to suit your needs.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers a database containing regarding non-fatal work-related accidents and illnesses.
A handy utility, ZipFind offers the city, state, population, county, area code, time zone, and occasionally the approximate square miles of an area when provided with a zip code. It also calculates an "as the crow flies" distance between two zip codes and provides the zip code(s) when a user enters a the name of a municipality.
The site also sells variations of the utility for desktop use.