Provides a standard source for the quantitative facts of American history.
Updated regularly. Provides a standard source for the quantitative facts of American history. Expands and revises information provided in Historical Statistics of the United States, previously produced by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and includes thirty years of new data and scholarship. Footnotes and explanatory information provide instructional information about the data and sources of the data.
Permits users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting particular areas of interest. Data is downloadable in Excel or CSV; also download entire groups of tables as a zip file.
Includes data from the 1930s & 1940s. Data after 2013 available as CSV (PDFs before then).
Getting Started with Statistics
As you start to search for statistics, think about how and why the data behind the statistics might have been gathered, including by whom. Ask questions such as
What is the time period? Is this historical or more recent data?
What is the geographic region covered by the data? Is local, regional, national level data?
Who created the data and why? Was is a governmental project? a think tank? a community-based project?
Think also about the research method used in gathering the data as well as the methods you might like to use with it. Can you download the data (Excel, CSV), manipulate and/or visualize it (charts, graphs), does it include geospatial data (for GIS)?