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American Fact Finder

Quick and easy access to population, housing, geographic, economic data.


FedStats is the Government Gateway to statistics for more than seventy federal agencies. Provides links to individual agencies by subject or alphabetically by agency The Topic Links-A to Z section - provides easy access to statistical data on the topic of your choice. Also includes links to state, county, and local area data as well as links to press releases announcing new products and services. In addition, the site supplies links to budget documents, working papers, and Federal Register (diary of the federal government concerning regulations; published daily) notices, and “FastFacts” (summaries of government statistics published by individual agencies).

Guide to State Statistical Abstracts

Includes the most recent statistical abstracts for states published since 1997 plus those that will be issued in late 2005. For some states, a near equivalent has been listed in substitution for, or in addition to, a statistical abstract. All sources contain statistical tables on a variety of subjects for the state as a whole, its component parts, or both.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Access to a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included. Guide to Sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and private organizations.


Provides one-stop electronic browsing for business, economic, and trade information from more than fifty federal agencies and a few nongovernmental entities. It also makes available daily economic news, the latest statistical releases, information by subject such as export and international trade.

Major U.S. Governmental Statistical Agencies
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner. The cornerstone of BEA’s statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

Access to statistics on several subjects including Crime and Victims, Criminal Offenders, and other special topics such as homicide trends, drugs and crime, reentry trends, and international statistics.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. Also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor. BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria, including relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today's rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) was born as a statistical agency in 1992. As a statistical agency, is policy-neutral-an objective broker for the facts; covers all of transportation; does independent data collection and analysis; has unique competencies in statistics, economics, information technology, geographic information systems, and transportation.

Census Bureau

Publishes more statistics than any other agency. Provides easy A-Z subject access. Also includes a section on state and county quick facts which provides statistical profiles of geographical areas. It also includes more than 60,000 bibliographic and textual products, historical information as well as the most recent Census data, increasing amounts of background information as well as tables that supplement published articles and studies. The Census Bureau also publishes subject censuses on agriculture, economics, trade, etc.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves. Contains a seperate section on statistics and data which covers a comprehensive list of subjects.

The Children’s Bureau—Data and Information Systems

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. The site provides includes access to child welfare statistics.

Easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. The Forum fosters coordination, collaboration, and integration of Federal efforts to collect and report data on conditions and trends for children and families.

Economic Research Service (ERS)

Main source of economic information and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ERS’ program encompasses research, analyses of food and commodity markets, policy studies, and development of economic and statistical indicators. The information and analyses are produced for the private sector and to help the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government develop, administer, and evaluate farm, food, rural, and resource policies and programs.

Economic Statistics Briefing Room (ESBR)

Provides easy access to current Federal economic indicators. Also provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included in the Economic Statistics Briefing Room is maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies. All the estimates for the indicators presented in the Federal Statistics Briefing Rooms are the most currently available values. The site includes statistical information on employment, income, international transactions, money, transportation, production, output, and prices.

Energy Information Administration (EIA)

The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. Provides policy-independent data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

While there is not a specifc section on statistics this agency website contains valuable data on numerous environmental topics. Use the search function to locate items on specific subjects.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Provides comprehensive data on national security issues and concerns. Also provides links to FBI reports and publications.

Federal Election Commission (FEC)

In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA)—the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.

Federal Reserve System (the Fed) Online

As the central bank of the United States the Fed provides reliable resources on a variety of economic topics. Particularly valuable are the links to the Fed in Print and the financial and regulatory reports.

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Statistical Database

FAOSTAT is an on-line and multilingual database currently containing over 3 million time-series records covering international statistics in the following areas: production, trade, food balance sheets, producer prices, forestry trade flow, land use and irrigation, forest products, fishery products, population, food quality control, fertilizer and pesticides, agricultural machinery, food aid shipments, and exports by destination.

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Use Tax Stats link to find comprehensive statistical data.

Internal Revenue Services Statistics of Income

Provides a wide range of tables, articles, and data that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system.

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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. The abundance of information produced has earned for NASS employees the title, “The Fact Finders of Agriculture.”

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United State and other nations. This is an excellent resource for detailed information on schools, colleges (both public and private), and libraries.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

The mission of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data.

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Provides access to statistical information on a variety of topics including homicide, gun violence, law enforcement, and juvenile justice.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA)

Use Statistics link to access comprehensive statistical data.

Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement

Resources for poverty data.

Social Statistics Briefing Room (SSBR)

Easy access to current Federal social statistics. It provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included in the Social Statistics Briefing Room is maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies. All the estimates for the indicators presented in the Federal Statistics Briefing Rooms are the most currently available values.

Other Sources
Aging Stats.Gov

The Forum encourages collaboration among federal agencies to improve the quality and usefulness of data on the aging population. The Forum membership includes 13 federal agencies that produce or use statistics on aging.

Decennial Population and Housing Censuses Guide, NCSU Libraries

Summarizes the NCSU Libraries holdings of decennial population and housing census reports from 1790 to the present and links to Census Bureau data reports from 1790-2000. Also links to about ninety Table Finding Guide PDFs for population and housing reports from the last sixty years.


EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Its primary purpose is to increase the efficiency and fairness of the securities market for the benefit of investors, corporations, and the economy by accelerating the receipt, acceptance, dissemination, and analysis of time-sensitive corporate information filed with the agency.

Economic Report of the President

Annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. Overviews the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. The Economic Report of the President is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government. Supplementary reports can be issued to the Congress which contain additional and/or revised recommendations. Documents are available as ASCII text and PDF files.