Data & Statistics

Subject Librarian:
Kathleen Fear


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U.S. Data & Statistics
Non-U.S. Data & Statistics

U.S. Data - Comprehensive Sources

U.S. Data - Economic & Social
U.S. Data - Religion, Health, Crime
U.S. Data at the City Level

College and University Ranking sources

Non-U.S. Data: databases


Non-U.S. Data: free websites




 See also the complete list of subscription databases for data & statistics.




Comprehensive U.S. Data Sources

  • Census 2010 (Homepage)
    New data are being added continually as they are processed.
  • DataBib
    A tool for finding data repositories, from Purdue University Libraries.
  • Data Sources
    A not-overwhelming list arranged by topic; useful and easy to use.
  • Social Science Data on the Net
    Keyword searchable listing of sites of providing numeric Social Science data, data catalogs, data libraries, etc. Think of it as a Google for data.

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U.S. Data - Economic and Social
  • County Business Patterns
    Provides county, state, and national level business data on number of establishments, payroll, number of employees, and number of establishments by size. Historical data back to 1993.
  • NBER Economic Data Links
    Datasets available for download from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Topics include macro, industry, international trade, individual, and other topics such as patents, school districts, segregation, and child health.
  • Record of American Democracy, 1984-1990 (ROAD)
    Named "Best Political Science Research Website" by the American Political Science Association (CMS) in 1999, the ROAD project allows you to download the entire dataset, or a custom subset that you create online. Codebooks are also downloadable.

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U.S. Data - Selected Topics: Religion, Health, Crime
  • Association of Religion Data Archives
    Data files from studies on American and international religion; some analysis can be done interactively or datasets can be downloaded; ~350 are freely available. Codebooks are downloadable.
  • Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
    A longitudinal study of aging and retirement, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. Access is free, but you must register to download the public use data files.
  • Uniform Crime Reports County Data
    From the Geospatial and Statistical Data Center at the U. of Virginia; an interactive interface to county level data compiled originally by the United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation. Includes downloadable codebooks.

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U.S. Data at the City Level
  • State of Cities Data Systems (SOCDS)
    A trove of great information; provides data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs. Includes demographic and economic data, rents, crime, building permits, "urban public finance" and more. From the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

    This database might also be useful to you:

  • 31258
    Govistics Varies
    Spending data for 53K+ state & local governments and school districts across the US; track trends, compare peers, export to Excel.
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College and University Rankings

  • College Rankings: U.S. News and World Report
    The online version of the magazine's latest rankings. Ask at Rush Rhees and Carlson reference desk for access to full report.
  • Guide to Rankings from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    An excellent compilation of many ranking agencies and articles. Includes an essay "Rankings: Caution and Controversy."

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Sources for Non-U.S. Data


Subscription databases:

  • 6771
    World Development Indicators (WDI) Online 1960 - current
    Downloadable time series data for over 200 countries. Includes demographic, socioeconomic, market and environmental data.
  • 6944
    OECD iLibrary 1983-current
    Offers access to the full range of OECD statistical publications; coverage is global. Formerly known as SourceOECD.
  • 32187
    IMF eLibrary Data Current
    Unified access to all IMF economic/financial data & statistics for over 200 countries. Four databases in one: IFS, BOP, DOT, GFS.
  • 6915
    Global Financial Data Varies
    Downloadable datasets of basic economic indicators (exchange & interest rates, commodity prices, CPI, PPI, etc.).

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Free websites:

  • International Data Base (IDB) - from the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
    Tables of demographic, and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world; provides ways to specify your own dataset and download it.
  • United Nations Statistics Division
    Provides a number of datasets with unrestricted access, including monthly oil data, national accounts, social indicators, "indicators on women and men," several more.


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