US: Major Sources
Official U.S. statistics. Unlike many countries, the United States Government does not have one central statistical agency. Statistical collection and dissemination are spread across a number of agencies.
Historical Statistics of the United States
Social and economic statistics of the United States from Colonial times to 2000.
Social Explorer NEW
Coverage: U.S. Census and demographic data from 1790 to present. Updated: Continuously.
Contains current and historical U.S. Census and demographic data that can be downloaded. One can create thematic and interactive maps as well as reports at the state, county, census tract, block group, and ZIP code level.
ICPSR: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
Major depository of datasets. Searching is free. Downloading the data is restricted to American University members. To download data, create an account. Once approved, AU members can download the files anywhere.
ProQuest Statistical Insight
Excellent for finding statistical sources, i.e. which organization or agency has the statistics.
SimplyMap allows users to generate maps and reports from a wide variety of data sources. Variables available include census demographics, Nielsen's PRIZM, EAIS Health Data, and more. Results can be exported as images, xls or csv reports, and GIS compatible formats. Access is limited to five concurrent users.
World War I
Iraq and Afghanistan
Elementary and Secondary Education
Higher or Postsecondary Education
US: Ethnic Groups and Minorities
US: Government and Political Science see also Government Documents-U.S. Guide
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