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The United States Government produces a lot of statistical materials. The selections below are by no means all of them (and they are not all from the U.S. Government, either), but are rather the most requested. If you are interested in browsing a lengthy list of sources or do not see the subject you are interested in, look at these links under the General Sources heading: FedStats, Government, Politics & Law—Statistics, or Statistical Resources on the Web.

General Sources for Statistics


Agriculture [inc. nutrition and weather/climate]




Demographic [inc. crime]

State and Local


An additional listing of statisitcs, that repeats some of what is below, can be found on our Electronic Reference Sources page.

General Sources for Statistics

Provides a gateway to statistical sources from over 100 federal agencies. Statistics are accessible via an A to Z list (nice feature!), federal agency, broad subject areas, and a keyword search. FedStats is produced by the U.S. government.

Statistical Resources on the Web (UMich Docs Center)
Hundreds of statistical sources compiled by the University of Michigan 's Document Center and arranged by topic. No search feature exists, only browsing by topic. NMU might not have access to some of the resources they discuss.

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. We could list this publication under each heading on this page, there is so much in it. Copies have been scanned in dating back to 1878. Paper copies are available in both the Reference Collection and Documents Collection.

National Small Scale Map Collection (formerly the National Atlas)
Create your own maps using the statistical data available (from topics ranging from Agriculture to Geology to People) or view ones already made. Shapefiles can also be downloaded for GIS.


Agricultural Statistics
As part of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agriculture Statistics provides data on agricultural production, supplies, consumption, facilities, costs, returns, foreign trade and historical statistics from 1994 the present. The most recent 10 years of this publication are kept in Reference HD 1751 .A43; older editions are kept in Government Documents A 1.47:.

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
Each year, NASS conducts hundreds of surveys and prepares reports covering virtually every facet of U.S. agriculture -- production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm aspects of the industry. In addition, NASS's 45 State Statistical Offices (SSO's) publish data about many of the same topics for local audiences. NASS publications cover a wide range of subjects, from traditional crops, such as corn and wheat, to specialties, such as mushrooms and flowers; from calves born to hogs slaughtered; from agricultural prices to land in farms.

Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL)
Provides nutritional information on various foods. Available from this site is the National Nutrient Database , which allows you to type in a food type (e.g apples, pizza, etc.) and retrieve its nutritional value (fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, etc.). In addition, the NDL offers nutritional reports on single nutrients.  For example, you can see food sources that contain iron and the amount of iron each of these sources contain.

This site provides easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety, and more. Resources are organized by category on the main page, but a more extensive list is available via a drop down menu option. Additionally, you can search across all the sources via keywords.

Dietary Guidelines
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health.

National Climatic Data Center - Locate a Station
Allows you to locate weather stations across the United States .  Data is available on daily snowfall, snow depth, evaporation, soil temperature data, daily maximum and minimum temperatures and precipitation, temperature extremes (participating locations), monthly temperature means, departures from normal and extremes (participating locations), heating & cooling degree data, and more.

Business [back to top]

StatUSA (No longer available: this program has ceased) and USA Trade Online.
It DID contain an online service of the most recent international trade information. Consists of three parts. GLOBUS (Global Business Opportunities) offers daily trade leads from the Trade Opportunities Program (TOPS), as well as the Department of Agriculture. GLOBUS also offers daily procurement activity from the Defense Logistics Agency, the United Nations, and the Commerce Business Daily leads. The NTDB (National Trade Database) provides access to Country Commercial Guides, Market Research reports, Best Market reports and other programs. Finally, the SOTN (State of the Nation) provides various financial and economic data from throughout the federal government and other related entities. Unlike the "GLOBUS & NTDB" section, SOTN concerns itself with the United States' domestic economy. USA Trade Online is still going to be continued by the Census Bureau (but you must view this resource at the Library, on the Government Documents computer). Some "replacement" data sources are found here. Additional links to economic data (including Market Research Reports and Country Commecial Guides) can be found at Export.gov's Trade Data & Analysis. The University of Central Florida has bookmarked and organized many of the replacement links here.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Prepares releases and data on such topics as personal income, the Gross Domestic Product, corporate profits, Survey of Current Business, and other topics. Links to national, regional, and international data.

Economic Census Data (U.S. Census Bureau)
The Economic Census provides a detailed portrait of the Nation's economy once every five years, from the national to the local level.  Data is available for the U.S., states, counties, metro and zip code areas.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Statistics are provided on inflation and consumer spending (ex. Consumer Price Index); wages, earnings, and benefits; productivity; safety and health; international (ex. import/export prices, foreign labor stats); occupations; demographics; and much more.

U.S. Census Bureau Economic Programs
A starting page for any business or economic data collected by the U.S. Department of Census.  Statistics are grouped by geography, sector, and frequency.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Offers online access to National Transportation Statistics, a source providing over 200 tables of data on the extent, condition, use and performance of the physical transportation network; accidents, crashes, fatalities and injuries for each mode and for hazardous materials; the relationship between transportation and the economy, including share of Gross Domestic Product, employment, and transportation expenditures; and transportation energy use and environmental impacts.

Economic Report of the President
"The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices.” Statistical tables and reports can be downloaded from 1995 forward.

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER)
Search for banking, business, and economic data dating back to the late 1800s.

Demographic [back to top]

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Contains a comprehensive collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States . Selected international data are also included. The Abstract is also serves as a guide to sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and private organizations. This publication is often the first thing many people go to for any statistics question—there is much more than just demographic information. In print at the library, this publication may be found here: Most recent print copy (2012) is at the Circulation Desk; previous 10 years are in the Reference Collection (HA 202 YEAR); older editions back to 1909 are on the 3rd floor, also with the HA 202 call number.

U.S. Census Bureau
The starting point for data about the people and the economy of the United States . Access is available via an A to Z menu, a search feature, and browsing the main categories--people, business, and geography--on the home page.  Also includes a link to American Factfinder, which uses Census Bureau data to create tables, reports, and maps down to the census block level. The Olson Library has a collection of Census publications going back to 1900. For assistance, please ask at the Reference Desk. For historical population numbers, visit this page from the University of Michigan (they also have a very good webpage of Census resources). The database Heritage Quest Online contains searchable Census records from 1790-1930. NMU has a webpage on Census Resources.

Aging Statistics
From the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics. This website gathers data and reports relating to aging, as well as serving as means of communication among those interested in this topic.

"This web site offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education” .

Crime and Justice Statistics
From the Bureau of Justice Statistics, this website looks at crime on a national level: crime and victims, prosecution, courts and sentencing, corrections, etc. For state and local statistics, look in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports/Crime in the United States (accessible online at this link, through the Voyager catalog, and in print form SuDoc J 1.14/7: DATE).

Campus Security Statistics
From the Office of Postsecondary Education, find recent (last year and earlier) crime statistics for NMU as well as other schools in the U.S. using their Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool Website.

Education [back to top]

National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. Includes well respected statistical sources like The Condition of Education, The Digest of Education Statistics, and Projections of Education Statistics, along with a search services allowing you to find public libraries, public and private secondary schools, and higher education institutions in any state.  The one stop location for any education statistics.

Census Bureau--Education
The Census Bureau has extracted Educational Attainment (highest level of school completed or highest degree achieved, 15 years old and older) and Field of Training (highest degree received, field of training, and economic status, 18 years old and older)

Health (scroll down for state and local data)

National Center for Health Statistics from the Center for Disease Control
Our nation's principal health statistics agency.  Reports and data available on a variety of health related issues.

Search in Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health & Human Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Kids Count
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. measure the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children state by state. Comparisons are made within 10 indicators:percent low birth-weight babies; infant mortality rate; child death rate; rate of teen deaths by accident, homicide, and suicide; teen birth rate; percent of children living with parents who do not have full-time, year-round employment; percent of teens who are high school dropouts; percent of teens not attending school and not working; percent of children in poverty; and percent of families with children headed by a single-parent.

Health, United States
Health, United States presents national trends in health statistics on such topics as birth and death rates, infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity and health status, risk factors, use of ambulatory care and inpatient care, health personnel and facilities, financing of health care, health insurance and managed care,and other health topics.

National Center for Statistics and Analysis
Offers national and state-specific safety data from the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and NHTSA's National Center for Statistical Analysis (NCSA).  Individual reports include Safety Belt Use, Motor Vehicle Crashes, Traffic Safety Facts, Large Truck Crash Profiles, and more.

International [back to top]

International Statistical Agencies (U.S. Census Bureau)
Provides a list of the official governmental statistical agencies for various countries.

International Database (Census Bureau)
The International Data Base (IDB) offers a variety of demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more. The IDB has provided access to demographic data for over 25 years to governments, academics, other organizations, and the public.

Statistics Canada
Jump directly to Canadian statistics and maps. Free and priced data is available.

United Nations Statistics Division - Millenium Database
In September 2000, as part of the United Nations Millennium Declaration, 189 nations committed themselves to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want. A framework of 8 goals, 18 targets and 48 indicators was adopted to help track progress in meeting the goals of combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. This database reports the status of these indicators over a period of years for each country.

United Nations Statistics Division - Social Indicators Database
Provides data on the following social indicators for various countries: population, youth and elderly populations, human settlements, water supply and sanitation, housing, health, child-bearing, education, illiteracy, income and economic activity, and unemployment.

Official Statistics on the Web
OFFSTATS links to sites offering free and easily accessible social, economic and general data from official sources, especially those that provide both current data and time series. What this means is that you can click on the name of a country and get official government statistics, plus data from other sources (like the UNICEF, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, UN Human Development Report, and more).

Infonation (offline. I am keeping it here as a placeholder)
Infonation allows you to view and compare statistical data for all UN member states. You can select up to five countries for comparison from the menu. Statistics and indicators are provided by the United Nations Statistics Division, from the World Statistics Pocketbook, Statistical Yearbook and Demographic Yearbook 1995, except languages.

World Health Organization
Started in 1948, the WHO's aim is the “attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health”. Statistics are naturally compiled and can be located off the “Research Tools” tab on the sidebar.

Human Development Reports Office
Commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme in 1990. Among the data produced is statistics of health and social indicators.

Pan American Health Organization
Health data for North, Central and South America .

State and Local Sources [back to top]

Michigan.gov Census and Statistical Data
A compilation of statistical sources and links (population data, social and economic data, and geographic information) for Michigan and the United States.

Marquette County Health Department
Compiled from local and national data, the Marquette County Health Department provides health statistics on a variety of topics, including abortions; teen use of alcohol, tobacco & other drugs; cigarette smoking; percentage of overweight individuals; teen pregnancy; morbidity and mortality; childhood immunizations; and much more.

State Health Facts Online--Michigan
From the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Categorized pull-down menu allows you to select many Michigan statistics which are compared against the national average. You can jump to all other states as well.

Michigan Department of Community Health
From the website: ”The Department of Community Health is responsible for the collection of information on a range of health related issues. The information is collected to monitor the general health and well-being of Michigan 's citizens. These data are useful for health program development, targeting and evaluation of program progress. The information is used to identify emerging health issues and trends and can be made available for epidemiological research. Statistics are developed from the data collected to provide basic information on these health events in Michigan.”

Marquette Historical Weather Statistics
From the National Climate Data Center. As a federal depository library, NMU has free access to this data nationwide, not just Marquette. But for Marquette, choose Michigan, then Marquette.

Michigan Agricultural Statistics
From the National Agricultural Statistical Service. Includes Crop Weather, Michigan County Estimates, and press releases.

Michigan State Police--Statistics
Links to crash statistics (deer, holiday, drunk driving, etc), the Michigan Uniform Crime Report and traffic enforcement.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Sources of Demographic & Economic Data
Relevant to the Michigan economy, available here you can find: Reports, Brochures, Fact Sheets, Directories, Economic Indicators, Economic Forecasts, Maps of Selected Economic Characteristics, and Sources of Demographic & Economic Data.

Michigan Office of Labor Market Information
Find resources here for Michigan employment data, trends, wages and industry forecasts. Up to date as well as historical (1970- present) monthly employment statistics for Michigan and Michigan Counties.

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