Many agencies within the federal government collect and disseminate statistical information. This guide presents a selection of frequently requested statistics and data sources by topic.
How are statistics and data different from each other?
In the context of library research, statistics are based on data collected by researchers or agencies. The data has been analyzed and interpreted for the purposes of reporting, often in the form of tables or charts.
Data are the raw facts or numbers in their unorganized form, usually in electronic format that may be stored and used by a computer. Please refer to the Data tab of this guide to find free sources of downloadable data from research funded by federal dollars.
Data supporting research in the social sciences, including economics and finance, population studies, sociology, health care, education, politics and governmental studies. Includes data sets provided by governmental and non-governmental agencies, as well as data sets from privately and publicly funded research, opinion polls and other studies.
Easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the US. Useful for finding the right data for research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis.
From the classroom to the boardroom, thousands of organizations trust PolicyMap to find the right data for their research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis.
ProQuest Statistical Insight are online collections of descriptive abstracts of thousands of statistical publications from Federal agencies, state agencies and private sector organizations, and international intergovernmental organizations
Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to historical census data and demographic information. It creates fast, intuitive, and appealing maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. Includes US Census history from 1790 to 2000, all annual updates from the American Community Survey, and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000.