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Historical Statistics Of The United States

Published in 2006 as a five-volume set, HSUS is a database of over 37,000 data series (statistical categories) from U.S. and Colonial history. The database also contains extensive essays on the measurements of U.S. history. Data are available as published tables, spreadsheet files (Excel), PDF documents, and graphs or charts.
An older edition (1976) is available here.
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ProQuest Statistical Insight

Formerly LexisNexis Statistical Insight, this database contains references to tens of thousands of data sources from the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. state governments, international intergovernmental organizations, and private sector groups, such as trade and professional associations. Data are loaded weekly. Many of the entries include complete data tables in PDF, Excel, and/or GIF formats. Some coverage extends back to the mid-1970’s.
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U.S. Federal Government Statistical Sources

Links to the Statistical Abstract of the U.S., Fedstats, and other sources, along with links to important statistical agencies.
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America's Top-Rated Cities: A Statistical Handbook

This is the 17th edition (2010) of this annual compilation of statistical information on 100 U.S. cities. Here is a copy of the table of contents.
We also have online access to the 2007 edition, as well as earlier editions in printed form in the library collection.
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American Buyers: Demographics Of Shopping

2010 guide to buying patterns provides "weekly and quarterly buying data for hundreds of items that are organized into 10 chapters -- apparel, entertainment, financial, food and alcohol, gifts, health care, housing, utilities, transportation, and a final chapter encompassing personal care, reading, education, and tobacco." You may preview the table of contents.
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American Generations: Who They Are And How They Live

Sixth edition (2008) of this data compilation "for researchers who want to quickly and easily compare and contrast the five living generations — Millennial, Generation X, Baby Boom, Swing, and World War II." You may view a copy of the table of contents.
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American Marketplace: Demographics And Spending Patterns

The 10th edition (2010) contains 11 thematically-organized chapters of government demographic and lifestyle data, with text accompanying the tables, analyzing data and highlighting trends. You may view a copy of the table of contents. W&L also has online access to the earlier 9th edition.
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American Sexual Behavior: Demographics Of Sexual Activity, Fertility, And Childbearing

Statistical compilation (2006) on sexual initiation, activity, orientation, cohabitation and marriage, fertility, contraception, and more. You can view the table of contents here.
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American Women: Who They Are And How They Live

The 4th edition (2008) contains data from U.S. Government agencies and other sources on "on attitudes education, health, income, labor force, living arrangements, population, spending, time use, and wealth." You may preview the contents.
We also have online access to the 3rd edition via NetLibrary.
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Annual Abstract Of Statistics

Annually-published (2002-to-date) compilation of statistics on the United Kingdom's economy, industry, society, and demography. Includes access to datasets.
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Baby Boom: Americans Born 1946 To 1964

Sixth edition (2009) of this statistical compilation covers such topics as attitudes, education, living arrangements, and spending. You may preview the table of contents.
The library also has an earlier edition in online form.
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Best Customers: Demographics Of Consumer Demand

Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the 7th edition (2010) of this series "analyzes household spending on more than 300 products and services by age of householder, household income, household type, race and Hispanic origin of householder, region of residence, and educational attainment of householder." You may preview the table of contents.
W&L researchers also have access to the 6th edition.
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Census Of The United States

Links to the Census Bureau Web site, to related sources of contemporary and historical data, and to specialized data-mining tools.
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China Data Online

China Data Online provides demographic and economic statistics for China at the national and provincial levels. Internet Explorer is recommended. This database is limited to one person at a time, and it must be accessed through one of the computers in Leyburn Library. We have access to the following databases:
  1. Monthly Statistics
  2. National Statistics (1949-)
  3. Provincial Statistics (1949-)
If you are not in Leyburn, you may want to use National Bureau of Statistics of China, which provides much of the same data.
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Comparative Guide To American Suburbs

Fifth edition (2009/10) focuses on the "individual and suburban communities within each of the 75 largest U.S. metropolitan areas... over 2,700 suburban communities with a 10,000+ population." You may preview the table of contents.
The library also has online access to the fourth (2007) and third (2005) editions.
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Datapedia Of The United States; American History In Numbers

Third edition (2004) of this work provides time series data on aspects of American history, including population, health, politics and elections, business, incomes, energy, communications, and more.
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EarthTrends

An online collection of data regarding the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape the world. Includes data from the world's leading statistical agencies, along with WRI-generated maps and analyses, into a single database for rapid searching and retrieving. To facilitate the comparison of data from different sources, EarthTrends supplements its content with detailed metadata that reports on research methodologies and evaluates the information's reliability.
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Eurostat

Official statistical agency for the European Union.
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Foreign And International Statistical Sites

Links to official governmental statistical sites.
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Generation X: Americans Born 1965 To 1976

Sixth edition (2009) of this statistical compilation "X'ers" is organized into 11 chapters (Education, Health, etc.), along with dozens of data tables. You may preview a copy of the table of contents.
The library also an earlier online edition,, as well as a printed edition.
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Geostat

Geospatial and Statistical Data Center at the University of Virginia offers access to social science data, geospatial data, and maps. Some fo the data is restricted to the Uva community, but most is freely available.
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Google Search -- International Governmental Organizations

This is a search engine which accesses the contents of the Web sites of these international governmental organizations.
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Governing Data

Handy collection of high-profiles statistical data about U.S. states and municipalities. Categories include economy/finance, education, transportation/infrastructure, health, etc.
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Handbook Of U. S. Labor Statistics

This is the 16th edition (2013) of this more-or-less annually-published volume contains historical and recent data on employment and unemployment, earnings, prices, productivity, consumer expenditures, and more. You may preview the table of contents.
The library also has online access to the 14th edition (2011) and to the 2009, 2008, and 2007 editions.
We also hold earlier printed editions (1997-date), and the predecessor printed (1927-1989) series from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Hispanic Databook

Third edition (2012) "contains profiles on 782 [U.S.] places with the highest concentrations of Hispanic/Latino population, comprising 23 ethnic backgrounds from Argentinean to Venezuelan, and includes 26 statistical topics." You may preview the table of contents.
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Historical Statistics Of The United States

Published in 2006 as a five-volume set, HSUS is a database of over 37,000 data series (statistical categories) from U.S. and Colonial history. The database also contains extensive essays on the measurements of U.S. history. Data are available as published tables, spreadsheet files (Excel), PDF documents, and graphs or charts.
An older edition (1976) is available here.
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Historical Statistics Of The United States, Colonial Times To 1970

Scanned pages of the 1976 two-volume compilation of time-series data on U.S. history.
A more up-to-date edition (2006) is available here.
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Household Spending: Who Spends How Much On What

Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the 14th edition (2009) of this series "examines how much American households spend on hundreds of products and services by the demographics that count—age, income, household type, region of residence, race and Hispanic origin, and educational attainment." You may preview the table of contents.
We also have online access to the 10th edition, via NetLibrary.
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Index Of Economic Freedom

Evaluates about 160 countries against a list of 50 independent variables divided into 10 broad factors of "economic freedom," although the narrative summaries probably are more useful than the numerical ratings.
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International Historical Statistics

Three-volume set (2013) provides "access to over 200 years of statistics taken from hundreds of disparate primary sources, including both official national and international abstracts." Data coverage extends from 1750 to 2010, but dates of coverage vary among topics and countries.
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Millennials: Americans Born 1977 To 1994

Fourth edition (2009) of this generational statistical compilation covers topics such as attitudes, living arrangements, and wealth. You can preview a copy of the table of contents.
The library also has an earlier online edition.
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NationMaster

Very handy, ever-growing collection of data on a wide range of subjects, with the ability to create graphs and charts.
Keep in mind that more extensive data will be available from the original sources identified with each collection of data.
This is a companion site to StateMaster.
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OECD.Stat Extracts

OECD.Stat includes data for OECD countries and selected non-member economies. Statistics include data on country demographics, development,economy, education, environment, health, and more.
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Oxford Latin American Economic History Database

"Contains statistical series for a wide range of economic and social indicators covering twenty countries in the region for the period 1900-2000."
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ProQuest Statistical Insight

Formerly LexisNexis Statistical Insight, this database contains references to tens of thousands of data sources from the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. state governments, international intergovernmental organizations, and private sector groups, such as trade and professional associations. Data are loaded weekly. Many of the entries include complete data tables in PDF, Excel, and/or GIF formats. Some coverage extends back to the mid-1970’s.
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Profiles Of Virginia

2007 volume "provides detailed demographic and statistical data on the 135 counties and 759 places in the state of Virginia." You may view a copy of the table of contents.
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Quality Of Life, Balance Of Power And Nuclear Weapons, 2012

Subtitled A Statistical Yearbook for Statesmen and Citizens, this volume presents cross-national data in three sections: (1) Quality of Life; (2) Balance of Powers; (3) Developed Market Economies since 1960. The author asserts that this compilation "contains data generally not available elsewhere."
The library also has the 2008 edition.
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Racial And Ethnic Diversity; Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, And Whites

Sixth edition (published in 2009, so no 2010 Census data) is a statistical profile of the U.S. population, with a focus on racial and ethnic components, covering such areas as education, health, income, health, and living arrangement. You may preview a copy of the table of contents.
The library also has an earlier online edition, as well as a printed one.
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Social Change In America: The Historical Handbook, 2006

Not just a collection of numerical data, this volume (2006) contains essays on a range of topics, with extensive supporting statistics. Topics include family life, work and employment, housing wealth and poverty, education, health, crime, volunteer activity, religion and religious affiliation, politics, and the impact of the Internet.
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StatPlanet

StatPlanet is a browser-based interactive data visualization and mapping tool. It is used by international organizations such as UNESCO and SACMEQ, NGOs, Fortune 500 companies, government departments, schools and universities for a wide variety of purposes. It can be used to easily and rapidly create interactive thematic maps, interactive graphs, and feature-rich interactive infographics.

StatPlanet is also available as a stand-alone application which can be used as free educational software. It comes with up-to-date statistics on demography, economy, education, environment & energy, gender and health, for most countries in the world.

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State Rankings

The link above takes you to the 2011 edition of this compilation of hundreds of tables comparing U.S. "states in education, health, crime, transportation, taxes, government finance," etc. We also have online access to the 2007 edition, as well as earlier printed editions.
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State Trends, 2008

This edition (2008) presents tables of recent data from the U.S. Federal Government and state governments covering these topics: federal taxes; financing higher education; housing; juvenile crime; reproductive health; and research and development.
Earlier editions of this publication include volumes published in 2006 and 2005.
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StateMaster.com

Very handy collection of data on individual U.S. states, with the ability to create graphs and charts.
Keep in mind that more extensive data will be available from the original sources identified with each collection of data here.
This is a companion site to NationMaster.
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Statistical Abstract Of The United States

Published annually since the 19th century, this probably is the single most useful published collection of statistical information on virtually all aspects of life in the United States, with selected international data.
In 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau ceased publication of the series and the commercial publisher ProQuest immediately picked up the opportunity.
The above link connects with the latest edition (from ProQuest).
Earlier editions also are available online from the Census Bureau. Printed copies (1878-2011) are available in our Reference collection.
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Statistical Resources On The Web

This site provides annotations and links to statistical sources and databases on the Web. The sources listed are primarily from the US Federal Government, but many other sources of information are included.
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Statistics Terminology

Links to W&L resources which are particularly valuable and reliable for explanations of terms used in the study of statistics, social data, etc.
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U.S. Federal Government Statistical Sources

Links to the Statistical Abstract of the U.S., Fedstats, and other sources, along with links to important statistical agencies.
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UNdata

UNdata brings together data from many different sources into a single search interface. Among the main data sources are the UN Statistics Division's own databases in merchandise trade, national accounts, demography, energy, status of women and industrial commodities production; and statistics from the Population Division, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Project Link, FAO, ILO, IMF, ITU, OECD, UNESCO, WHO, WIPO, World Bank and World Tourism Organization, among others.
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VaStat

Collection of links to data from state and Federal government sources, provided by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVa.
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Vital Statistics On American Politics

Contains over 225 tables and charts on American politics dating back to 1788, including data on presidential, gubernatorial, and congressional elections, party competition, public approval of the president, Congress, and the two major political parties, the federal budget and the national debt, and more. Data are supplied in HTML, Excel, and comma-separated variable formats.
Printed volumes are in the Leyburn Library collection.
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Vital Statistics On The Presidency

Based on the third edition, this online edition contains "more than 175 tables and charts covering the office of the president from George Washington to George W. Bush, including data on the 2008 presidential primaries. The volume includes statistical coverage of public approval of the president, elections, vetoes, executive orders, foreign affairs, the executive branch, congressional and judicial relations, public appearances, and much more."
The library also has a printed copy of an earlier edition.
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Who We Are: Hispanics

2011 volume contains 11 chapters of data on U.S. Hispanics' attitudes, education, health, housing, income, labor force status, living arrangements, population, spending, time use, and wealth. You may preview the table of contents.
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Who's Buying

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This is a 14-volume series of analyses of how much Americans spend by age, income, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education. Here is an overview.
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Who's Buying Alcoholic And Nonalcoholic Beverages

The 7th edition (2010) of this series "looks at who buys beer, wine, whiskey, and other alcoholic beverages at home, on trips, and at restaurants and bars. It also examines who buys colas and non-colas, coffee and tea, fruit-flavored drinks, milk, etc." You may preview the table of contents.
We also have online access to the 9th and 3rd editions.
Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Who's Buying By Race And Hispanic Origin

Sixth edition (2010) "presents detailed spending data by race and Hispanic origin for the ten major product and service categories: apparel, entertainment, financial products and services, food and alcoholic beverages, gifts for people in other households, health care, household operations, shelter, transportation, and a chapter that looks at personal care, reading, education, and tobacco." You may preview the table of contents.
An earlier edition is also available.
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Who's Buying: Executive Summary Of Household Spending

Sixth edition (2010) based on unpublished data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, presenting a broad overview of household spending in the year 2008 and is designed to give researchers insights into consumer spending patterns and how those patterns differ by demographic characteristics. You may preview the table of contents.
W&L researchers also have online access to the 3rd edition.
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World Economic Outlook (WEO)

The WEO database contains selected macroeconomic data series based on IMF staff analyzes and projections. It contains global and regional data and data for many individual countries, from 1980 to the present, and projections for the next two years. The WEO is updated annually.
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World's Women,

Reports published at five-year intervals on international "sex disaggregated statistics in such areas as demographics, health, education, work, violence against women, poverty, human rights and decision-making."
The library has some editions in printed form.
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