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Demographic, Economic, and Other Numeric Data-United States


Numeric Data can be found in many publications. Sometimes it is nothing more then a table or it may be the raw numeric figures from a survey or study. This handout provides a basic guide to finding numeric data on the United States.

Places to Start
  • Lexis-Nexis Statistical CU This database indexes statistics from three sources: Federal government, state and private sources, and International and intergovernmental sources. If you want full-text data, choose the "Tables Research Edition." If you want to search the full collection, choose "Search Abstracts." The Government Information Library has this collection on microfiche and also has many of the publications in print. This database covers statistics from approximately 1972 to the present.
  • FedStats This governmental site links to statistical pages by topic and agency.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States is a compilation of social and economic statistics on the United States. This resource can be useful if you are trying to determine who compiles the data. The Census Bureau has digitized this publication back to 1878. Call numbers: C 3.134: (1938-present) C 18.14: (1886-1937)
  • Statistics This is a collection of subject guides from the Government Information Library.
Demographic Data
  • American Factfinder This is a collection of data on population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the Census Bureau. Data sets on this site include:
  • Census Bureau
  • U.S. Census Data This is a collection of links to CD-ROMs available on the LAN in the Government Information Library. The majority of the CDs are Geolytics CDs, which provide GIS mapping capabilities. For example, the Neighborhood Change Database 1970-2000, provides users with the ability to compare statistics across a thirty-year period.
  • Demographics and Statistics This is a Government Publications subject guide with links to demographic data, including nongovernmental sources.
Economic Data
  • American Factfinder This is the collection of data from the Census Bureau on population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Data sets on this site include:
  • Economic Census The Economic Census surveys american businesses every five years. This site links to tables on specific industries. There also links on this page to the 1997 Economic Census and 1992 Economic Census.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics provides access to current data on labor issues. Some of the data included is:
    • At a Glance Tables provide quick economic data on the national, regional, state, and metropolitan level.
    • Consumer Price Index "produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services."
    • Wages by Area and Occupation provides data on wages on a national, regional, state and metropolitan level.
  • Economic This site provides links to the latest economic indicators as soon as they are released by the government. Some examples of indicators are: Gross Domestic Product, New Residential Construction, Personal Income and Outlays, and U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services.
  • Stat-USA CU This database, from the Department of Commerce, provides economic and financial releases, economic data, trade-related releases, international market research, trade opportunities, and country analysis.
  • Trade Statistics These statistics from the International Trade Administration provide import and export data by industry or geographic area.
  • Business and Economics This is a collection of subject guides from the Government Information Library.
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