Statistics Sources

A general reference guide to–mostly–open access statistics sources on the Web.

Criminal Justice

The Bureau of Justice Statistics covers crime, criminals, and the justice system.

Campus Crime: Go To Education Statistics

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics is a collaborative effort between the New York State University at Albany and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. This searchable online version offers over 10,000 tables of continuously updated statistics on all aspects criminal justice from over 2500 sources.

Uniform Crime Reports.The FBI’s statistics on crime 2005 to date.


The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the US Department of Commerce provides national, regional and international economic data.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the federal government’s principal fact-finding agency in the field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS list of links to other statistical sites includes an excellent list of International Statistical Agencies.

Census of Agriculture. A Census Bureau database, providing detailed statistics on agricultural production. Searchable by state, county, Zipcode, or the United States as a whole. 39 tables are given at each geographic level, detailing crop production, land use, land tenure and agricultural labor force characteristics.

Economagic, an excellent compilation of economic statistics from governmental sources arranged in a simplified readable form. Economagic has compiled much of this data in–hard to find–historical series. Economagic’s Most Requested Series includes Index of Leading Economic Indicators; Real Gross Domestic Product in Chained 1992 Dollars; S&P 500 Total Return; Gross National Product in Current Dollars; GDP Implicit Price Deflator; Real Personal Consumption Expenditures in Chained 1992 Dollars; Personal Income in Current Dollars; Consumer Price Index; Unemployment Rate; Total Industrial Production Index; M1 Money Stock, SA; M2 Money Stock, SA; M3 Money Stock SA; Exchange Rates; Federal Funds Rate, Discount Rate; 30-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate; Bank Prime Loan Rate; 30 Year Conventional Mortgages, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; 3-Month Treasury Bill Rate, Secondary Market; 6-Month Treasury Bill Rate, Secondary Market.

Economic Census from the Census Bureau, offers extensive data–as well as narrative summaries–for most sectors of the United States economy.

Foreign Trade Data: Census Bureau trade data, includes historical series back to 1960.

Penn World Tables is an international economic statistics series providing historical data back to 1950. The database can produce customized results based upon country, date and approximately 30 statistical subjects.


Encyclopedia of Education Statistics This National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) interface searches the Digest of Education Statistics , The condition of Education as well as Projections of Education Statistics. Databases can be searched individually or collectively. The Digest is the best single source for education statistics available.

Campus Security Statistics are available from the Office of Post Secondary Education (OPE) at the US Department of Education. This site reports a wide variety of annual crime statistics for over 6000 institutions of higher learning in the United States. Detailed breakdowns are given under the broad categories of Arrests, Criminal Offense, and Hate Offenses both on campus and also for the adjacent geographic area.


International Energy Annual. An online version of the statistical annual produced by the Energy Information Agency (EIA) of the US Department of energy (DOE). Detailed statistics are available here on the consumption and production of petroleum, electricity, natural gas, coal; on CO2 emissions; energy reserves, prices etc.

Health and Medicine

CDC Wonder, produced by The Center For Disease Control, is a comprehensive database of mortality statistics, searchable by State, and International Disease Classification (ICD) number.


American Factfinder is the Census Bureau’s gateway to its very extensive collection of statistical reports.

Census Bureau Reference Maps . This online source can be used to establish the exact configuration of the geographical subdivisions used in the Census Lookup, including; county, place, and census tract boundaries.

Census Bureau Thematic Maps. “Thematic maps are data maps of a specific subject or for a specific purpose. Statistical thematic maps include a variety of different map types such as choropleth or shaded maps, dot maps, proportional symbol maps, and isarithmic maps. Special purpose maps generally concentrate on a single theme, such as the Centers of the Population Centers of the U.S. between 1790 and 2000.”

Census Subjects A to Z. An excellent subject index to US Census Bureau statistical reports on selected topics.

County and City Data Books. The University of Virginia Library’s Social Science Data Center provides access from 1944 to the 2000 County and City Data Books which contain detailed census data for US counties and cities.

GenderStats. A compilation of basic statistics on gender difference. The database is organized by country for the following general categories: Basic Demographic Data; Education; Health; Labor Force Structure; Population Dynamics; Summary Gender Profile.

Statistical Abstract of the United States. The standard annual statistical handbook to a wide variety of subjects collected from a variety of sources by the Census Bureau. Tables are available on both pdf table and spreadsheet formats.

Statistical Abstract archival editions in PDF Format, 1878 to date.

United States Historical Census Browser. Historical data from the US Census on the population and economy by state and county from 1790 to 1960. Based on data compiled by the Inter-University Consortium for political and Social Research. Data before 1830 focuses on population only, while later entries include economic census data.

Religion ” is a growing collection of over 56,000 adherent statistics and religious geography citations — references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc.

Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA). “A collection of surveys, polls, and other data submitted by researchers and made available online by the ARDA.” Comprised of  “nearly 775 data files”,  ARDA  includes data on U.S. church membership by county, state, and metropolitan area, as well as other U.S. and international survey data.

United Nations Statistics

FAOSTAT Database Collections offer detailed statistics on world food and agricultural production. A customized tabular format allows the user to organize data by variables such as commodity, country, imports, exports, land use, irrigation, pesticide use, etc.The database is so well set up, it allows–for or example–the user to track a particular commodity (such as a species of fish) and determine the export of that commodity from one country to another.

UNICEF Statistical Data. UNICEF compiles comparative international statistics on birth and death rates, fertility and infant mortality, health and sanitation, and education and literacy.

Statistical Clearinghouses

FedStats. Maintained by the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy, FedStats provides access to statistical information produced by more than seventy federal agencies.