Links by Topic

Key U.S. Databases

  • American FactFinder - This is a data distribution system from the Bureau of the Census that will be the primary distribution locale for Census data. American FactFinder offers the capability to browse, search, and map data from many Census Bureau sources.

 

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets - Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers powerful capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views.

    Many of the data sets are available for download as GIS data -- look for the "Map" icon to identify this functionality.

 

  • data.gov - Federal open government data from a variety of agencies

 

  • FastStats: Health Statistics A-Z - FastStats provides quick access to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Topics include diseases and conditions, injuries, life stages and populations, health care and insurance, births, and deaths.

 

  • FRED - Federal Reserve Economic Data - This site offers a wealth of economic data and information, including daily U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, balance of payments regional economic data, and more. The widely used database FRED is updated regularly and allows 24/7 access to regional and national financial and economic data.

 

  • Gallup Analytics - Gallup Analytics is an online platform that provides access to nearly a century of U.S. data and a decade of global tracking data known as the Gallup World Poll. It includes new data and historical trends at the country, state and U.S. city levels. Subscribers can view data by demographic categories, compare results across geographies to develop and report findings, including direct citations of Gallup's work.

    Researchers seeking access to the raw data may obtain it by e-mailing a request to busref@umn.edu.

 

  • Historical Statistics of the U.S. - The Historical Statistics of the United States Millenium Edition is a compendium of statistics about the United States produced by the United States Census Bureau since 1790 with additions, revisions and analysis by noted social scientists. This edition includes numerous new topic areas including statistics on migration, poverty, nonprofit organizations, slavery and Native Americans. Tables may be searched and downloaded in Excel or other formats, either individually or in large groups. Users may create custom tables and graphs. Citations may also be downloaded in multiple formats.

 

  • ICPSR - Located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, ICPSR (Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research) provides access to the world's largest archive of computerized social science data, both publicly and privately collected and published. This includes data sets for countries world wide that cover demographics and census, opinion polls, urban studies, education, economics, geography, legal systems, governments and elections, political behavior and attitudes, health care and other social indicators.

    Off-campus access is available, but users must first create a free account on campus at Create a New Account in order to download data.

 

  • IPUMS - Integrated Public Use Microdata Series - IPUMS consists of twenty-five high-precision samples of the American population drawn from thirteen federal censuses which span 1850 to 1990. As such, IPUMS is not a source of tabulated statistics about the United States. Rather, it is a source of microdata for researchers to use in order to tabulate statistics from Census data.

 

  • ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States - The Statistical Abstract of the United States database provides enhanced online access to key federal statistical tables covering demographics, economics, and social indicators. The Statistical Abstract, in publication since 1878, is a key starting point for determining the statistical measures used by the United States government. Updated monthly.

 

  • ProQuest Statistical Insight - Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

 

  • Sage Stats - Local Stats - Local Stats provides comparable data across all 50 states from U.S. counties, cities, and metropolitan statistical areas across a broad variety of topics that include economy, education, crime, government finance, health, population, religion, social welfare, and transportation.

 

  • Social Explorer - Created by Queens College, City University of New York, and partnering with the University of Minnesota's own National Historical Geographic Information System, this subscription edition of Social Explorer offers the ability to create customized maps and reports of demographic, housing, and employment patterns throughout the United States using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

  • Statista - Provides access to statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources.

Key International Databases

  • China Data Online - Current and historical statistics on population and economics at the national, provincial and local level. From the China Data Center at the University of Michigan.

 

  • CIS National Statistical Compendiums - The CIS National Statistical Compendiums are a microfiche collection of publications of national governments (or closest equivalent) that contain yearly summary data for the country as a whole including dmeographics, climate, education, economics, government, etc.

 

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets - Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers powerful capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views. Many of the data sets are available for download as GIS data -- look for the "Map" icon to identify this functionality.

 

  • Gallup Analytics - Gallup Analytics is an online platform that provides access to nearly a century of U.S. data and a decade of global tracking data known as the Gallup World Poll. It includes new data and historical trends at the country, state and U.S. city levels. Subscribers can view data by demographic categories, compare results across geographies to develop and report findings, including direct citations of Gallup's work.
    Researchers seeking access to the raw data may obtain it by e-mailing a request to busref@umn.edu.

 

 

  • International Financial Statistics / Guide - Download time series data for GDP growth, inflation, unemployment, payments balances, exports, imports, external debt, capital flows, commodity prices from the International Monetary Fund.

 

  • ILOSTAT - ILOSTAT is a statistics database maintained by the International Labor Organization (ILO) containing post-2004 data. ILOSTAT is set to replace ILO’s earlier database LABORSTA, which contains pre-2004 data. The ILOSTAT database contains over 100 indicators covering more than 230 countries and economies. Indicators include labor population, employment, unemployment, salaries, labor costs, strikes, and occupational injuries. It relies heavily on official data submission from national authorities.

 

  • Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online - MBS Online presents the current month's economic statistics for most of the countries and areas of the world. Also included are a selection of annual and/or quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments. The resource is provided by the United Nations Statistics Division.

 

  • OECD iLibrary - OECD iLibrary is the online publications portal of the 34-country Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. OECD iLibrary is OECD's Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. It replaces SourceOECD, and hosts all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters.

 

 

  • ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the World - Collection of statistical abstracts of approximately 40 countries, both individually searchable and cross searchable. These statistical abstracts are generally issued by the national statistical offices of foreign governments and contain country-level data not easily found elsewhere. Global and regional statistical compendia issued by international organizations and research firms are also included.

 

  • Proquest Statistical Insight - Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

 

  • Statista - Provides access to statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources.

 

  • UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade) - UN Comtrade is the largest and most detailed database of international trade data available. It supports research into bilateral trade of individual commodities (e.g. trade of wool between Uraguay and the USA). Commodities are classified according to SITC), the Harmonized System (HS), and Broad Economic Categories (BEC). Data are available annually and monthly from 1962-present.

 

  • UNdata - This database provides international statistics on all major social and economic subjects. It replaces the older database "UN Common Database" which will be discontinued in mid-2008.

 

  • WDI Online / Guide - WDI (World Development Indicators) Online contains statistics for over 550 indicators from 1960 for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Subjects include: social welfare, economies, natural resources, and the environment. Data may not be available for all years for all countries.

 

  • World Bank Open Data - International datasets from the World Bank focusing on topics such as economy and growth, climate change, education, environment, gender, health, and many others. Search by country or indicator or browse by topic.

 

  • World Factbook - The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.