Major Research Tools

Census Bureau


Social, demographic, and economic information, searchable and categorized by subject. See also American Factfinder.

Historical Statistics of the United States


Demographic, economic, and social statistics of the United States from colonial times to the end of the 20th century. Data can be searched, downloaded, and graphed.

ProQuest Statistical Insight


Provides abstracts and indexes of statistical information from U.S. government publications from 1973, state and private sources from 1980, and documents from international organizations from 1983.

SAGE Stats (formerly State Stats)


Collection of historical and current state-level data covering health care, crime, education, economy, and many more.

Social Explorer

Data, Gateway, Visual Resource

Online application for locating and mapping US Census data and other demographic resources. Maps created on Social Explorer can be exported as images. To download the data itself in tabular and GIS formats see National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS).



Statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries

Statistical Abstract of the United States


Compendium of U.S. economic, social, and political data. A good first stop when you're looking for statistics.

Statistical Computing (UCLA)

Full-Text, Reference

From UCLA's Academic Technology Services, resources to help you learn and use STATA, SPSS, and SAS statistical software packages. The Learning Modules are especially handy for figuring out the correct programming syntax to use.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Alan Guttmacher Institute

Data, Full-Text

Data and research reports on sexual and reproductive health issues, including abortion.

American Factfinder


From the US Census Bureau, this site offers current data on people, housing, business and government in tabular form (importable to GIS or statistical software) or as ready-made thematic maps. Sources include the American Community Survey, the Decennial Census of Population and Housing, and the Economic Census.

American Time Use Survey


Data on the amount of time people in the U.S. spend on various activities, such as sleeping, eating, housework, grocery shopping, etc. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Coverage: 1948-2008

Provides access to tables and graphs that display the ebb and flow of public opinion, electoral behavior, and choice in American politics over time. Contains data collected by the American National Election Studies, organized into nine topics.

ARDA: Association of Religion Data Archive


Quantitative data on religion around the world; includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System


Survey that tracks health conditions and risk behaviors in the U.S. "Provides state-specific information about asthma, diabetes, health care access, alcohol use, hypertension, obesity, cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco use, and more."

Box Office Guru


Box office data on films released since 1989. Includes ranked data for each season, reviews of weekends at the box office from 1997 to the present, and a list of top grossing films.

Bureau of Economic Analysis


GDP and economic accounts, data, and publications. Includes historical and current National Income & Product Accounts (NIPA) tables, state and county personal income data, and full text of Survey of Current Business.

Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment, price, and productivity data plus regional economic reports.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Data, Index

Annual reports, transportation financial data, transportation indicators, and more from the Department of Transporation. TranStats offers a searchable index of over 100 transportation databases as well as social and demographic data used in transportation research.

CDC Wonder

Data, Gateway

Integrated system for accessing a wide variety of public health reports and data systems available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Includes a directory by topic, an A to Z index, and WONDER online databases for numerical data on Births, Deaths, Cancer, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberculosis, Vaccine Adverse Events, and more.

Charity Navigator


Evaluative information on U.S.-based charities. Includes data on each charity's income and expenses.

County Business Patterns


Annual reports of state and county-level economic data (business establishments, employees, and payroll) by industry, from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Economic Census


Detailed data on U.S. businesses collected every five years.

Economic Indicators


Quick source of information on the latest key economic indicators with links to some time-series data.

Economic Policy Institute Research Data


Time series data from The State of Working America on jobs, wages, and family earnings, and Economy Track data including unemployment, underemployment, and labor force participation. In PDF and Excel formats.

Economic Report of the President Transmitted to the Congress.

Data, Full-Text
Tables in back of volume include U.S. economic statistics for the past 40-50 years.

Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured

Data, Full-Text

Includes the "Health Insurance Literature Database," working papers, and links to datasets on the uninsured in the United States. From the University of Michigan.

Election Statistics


Official vote counts for federal elections "from the official sources among the various states and territories." Data is available for all federal elections from 1920 onward. Provided by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Energy Information Administration

Data, Gateway

Statistics and analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration

Federal Sentencing Statistics by State, District, and Circuit


Annual data on sentences imposed on convicted criminals in the U.S.

Foreign Trade Statistics

Compendium of current and historical foreign trade statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

FRASER: Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research


Database of scanned images of publications with historical economic statistics. Designed to provide access to older data heretofore only available in print publications. From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

FRED Economic Data


Rich database of U.S. economic and financial data.

Historical Census Report


Growing collection of historical population and housing data from the U.S. decennial censuses. For more historical census data, see also Selected Historical Decennial Census.

Housing Statistics


Data on sales and prices of homes for the U.S. plus state-by-state existing-home sales and metropolitan area home prices. From the National Association of Realtors.



Social science datasets available for download and analysis in statistical software. Datasets are made available through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Immigration Statistics


Data on immigrants to the U.S., refugees, naturalizations, and deportations from the Department of Homeland Security.

Insurance Handbook


Recent data on various types of insurance. From the Insurance Information Institute.

Kids Count Data Center


From the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this site publishes data on the condition of children and families in the U.S., on the community, city, state, and national levels. Contains over one hundred indicators of child well-being, including economic status, health, safety, and risk factors.

MLA Language Map


Contains data on thirty different languages spoken throughout the United States by geographic region, percentage of speakers, number of speakers, and age. The data is taken from the 2000 U.S. Census and the 2005 American Community Survey (ACS).

Monitoring the Future

Data, Full-Text

Data and research reports from annual surveys on the use of alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs by 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in the U.S. From the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

National Center for Education Statistics


Department of Education statistics and information on the state of education in the U.S. and other nations. See especially the Digest of Education Statistics and The Condition of Education.

National Center for Health Statistics


Extensive collection of statistical reports and publications from the U.S. government. Includes Health United States annual report and chartbook, Healthy People publications, Vital Statistics of the United States, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report(MMWR), datasets from National Health Interview Survey, and much more.

OECD Economic Outlook Statistics and Projections

Coverage: 1970-two years into future

Extensive macroeconomic time series data for OECD countries and non-OECD zones. Includes historical statistics as well as projections extending two years beyond the current date.

Pew Internet & American Life Project

Data, Full-Text

Reports and data on Internet use in America. Data may be downloaded as zipped SPSS files and crosstabbed Word documents. Note: free registration is required prior to downloading data.

Sports Data Resources


Brought to you by the Statistics in Sports section of the American Statistical Association.

State Data Centers


Links to Web sites providing state-specific statistical information. From the U.S. Census Bureau.


State-level data on health status (including smoking rates); health costs, insurance, and services; women's health (including abortion policies and statistics); minority health; and AIDS/HIV (including sex education policies). From the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Full-Text, Gateway

Current news on state governments. Can be used to find sources and web sites that provide comparative state information and data (e.g., which states have the death penalty, how states are implementing "No Child Left Behind", etc.). From the Pew Center on the States.

States Perform


Comparative data for all 50 states in six areas: fiscal and economic, public safety and justice, energy and environment, transportation, health and human services, and education. From the Council for State Governments.

Statistical Sites on the Web


Links to principal U.S. (and international) statistical agency sites. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tax Statistics


Detailed data from individual and business tax filings. From the Statistics of Income Division of the IRS.

Trade Statistics

Data on U.S. commodity trade, including global trade patterns and state and metro-area export statistics.

TV by the Numbers


Current television ratings. Includes top prime time network programs, cable programs, syndicated series, and sports events for current week.

U.S. and World Population Clock

Up-to-the-minute projections of U.S. and world population. From the U.S. Census Bureau.

Uniform Crime Reporting Program


Front page to FBI databases on crime.

USA Today Sports Salary Databases


Contains year-by-year listings of salaries for NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL players. Search options offer salaries for specific players plus median and total salaries for each team.

USDA Economics, Statistics, and Market Information System

Data, Full-Text

Reports and datasets from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Includes production and prices of crops and food. Some international coverage.

VassarStats: Statistical Computation Web Site

Easy-to-use site for learning and performing statistical computations including the T-test, Chi-Square Test of Association, and ANOVA. Fun, fun, fun!

Welfare Rules Database


Coverage: 1996-present

Historical data on cash assistance programs (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) in all 50 states. From the Urban Institute.