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Historical Statistics of the United States

Historical Statistics of the United States is a compendium of statistics from over 1000 sources, with over 37,000 data series. Such topics as social, behavioral, humanistic, and natural sciences including history, economics, government, finance, sociology, demography, education, law, natural resources, climate, religion and international migration, are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field. The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition permits users to graph individual tables by downloading data in different file formats.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Statistics

A wide range of tables, articles, and data that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system.

Agency Statistical Sources

Agriculture Dept. NASS Reports

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Immigration Statistics
PDF format, tables are in Excel files for easy data manipulation.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Economic and Statistics Administration
“The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) is the bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce where economic and social changes are chronicled, understood, and explained.”

Energy Information Administration

Environmental Protection Agency

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Covers crimes, justice, trends in crime, federal investigations and prosecutions, felony convictions in state courts, corrections, capital punishment trends and expenditure trends.

Census Bureau Statistical Sources

American FactFinder

A-Z List

Historical Census Data
Time periods and geographical units vary from table to table, but still a nice data set up to 1990.

Census Questionnaires from 1850- 1990
Click on Enumeration Forms.

Census 2000

Census 2010

Federal Election Commission (FEC)

Voting information and detailed campaign finance numbers are available here.


Provides easy access to a full range of statistics and other information by more than 70 Federal agencies.

Education Statistical Sources

National Center for Education Statistics
Many of the center's reports and publications are available here. The site is searchable and user friendly.

Quick Tables and Figures

    • This search tool lets you locate all tables/figures/charts published in the inventory of NCES' Education Statistics Quarterly; the National Education Data Resource Center (NEDRC) Post Secondary Tables Library; the Condition of Education; the Digest of Education Statistics, and other NCES publication. Tables are constantly being added to this database (close to 4,500 tables, graphs, and figures are now available).

Programs and surveys
Another useful page which allows you to select data from various programs within the Center for Education Statistics.

NY City Dept. of Education
From this page the "Our Schools" link gives a full range of information about the NYS school system from maps to school report cards.

NYC Dept. of Education Statistics

FRB Consumer Information

Articles containing advice and warnings about financial topics, products, and scams, from the Federal Reserve Board.

General Accountability Office (GAO)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

Health Statistical Sources

National Center for Health Statistics
Now part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the NSHS offers everything from a quick snapshot of the nation's health to the statistical equivalent of an MRI. There is full text access to many familiar print publications here.

Medicare and Medicaid data

National Institutes of Health
Many of the individual institutes have statistical data about the diseases and conditions in which they specialize.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health

CDC Statistics

Poverty Guidelines, Research and Measurement

Healthy People

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the US

NY City Community Health Profiles

NYS Kids Well-Being Indicators
provides data about “children’s health, education and well-being”

NYS Health Statistics

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Statistics

A wide range of tables, articles, and data that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The National Technical Information Service serves as the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. For more than 60 years NTIS has assured businesses, universities, and the public timely access to approximately 3 million publications covering over 350 subjects.

New York State Government Information Locator

A search engine for NYS web sites and your best bet for navigating NYS official web sites.

NY Statistical Sources

NYC City Planning Reference site
Offers the best up-to-date data for NYC for either Census Tracts or Community Districts. Good coverage for social and economic stats for the whole city plus excellent data for immigrant communities.

Social Explorer
Offers NYC data for more than 50 years in both tables and maps. Some coverage for other metropolitan areas as well.

InfoShare available on the
Provides coverage for a variety of unique NYC geographies from 1980-2000.

NYC Administration for Children's Services  Data complied by the cit's child welfare agency.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.

World Fact Book

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people,government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

US Courts Statistics

Statistics and tables

  • Federal Judicial Caseload Statistics

  • Federal Court Management Statistics

  • Bankruptcy Statistics

Reports include:

Wiretap Report (2011)

Civil Justice Reform Act Report (2012)

Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (ProQuest)

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. For data prior to 2013 see the US Census Bureau Statistical Abstracts of the United States.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

A vast archive of social science data preserved and maintained by the Consortium for Political and Social Research.

Search any branch of State or Federal government from the links here. As well as a good selection of hard to find independent agencies.

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