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Statistics
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Overview
On this page are links to a select list of nearly comprehensive sources of quick statistical information. They're where librarians start when answering reference questions. More detailed information can found at the Government Publications Statistics page and U.S. Census page. Data users should go to the Social Sciences Data.

Minnesota
Links to statistics about Minnesota.
  • Demography A-Z
    Index of all demographic statistics produced by the Office of the State Demographer for Minnesota.
  • Social Explorer Authentication Required
    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.
United States
Statistics about the United States as a whole or sources providing statistics for all parts of the United States.
  • BestPlaces.net
    Contains over 3,000 city profiles, cost of living and salary calculator, school statistics, crime statistics, and more.
  • FedStats
    More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. This site provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
  • Historical Statistics of the U.S. Authentication Required
    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.
  • Infoplease.com
    Infoplease.com combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several up-to-the minute almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records into a single web site.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.
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  • Social Explorer Authentication Required
    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.
International
Resources providing statistics about countries around the world.
  • Infoplease.com
    Infoplease.com combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several up-to-the minute almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records into a single web site.
  • International Data Base (IDB) - Census Bureau
    The International Data Base (IDB) is a source of demographic and socio-economic statistics for 227 countries and areas of the world. The IDB combines data from individual countries with U.S. Census Bureau estimates and projections to provide information from 1950 to 2050.
  • International Financial Statistics Authentication Required
    International Financial Statistics (IFS) is the electronic version of the International Monetary Fund's standard source of statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance from more than 200 IMF countries. It contains approximately 32,000 time series of financial and economic data. Topics covered include exchange rates, IMF postion, international liquidity, money and banking accounts, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, national accounts, and population. The database contains annual, monthly, and quarterly data going back as far as 1945. Data output formats include CSV, Excel. HTML, and TAB delimited.
    • Location(s): Current Year: TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (Ref Periodicals) Quarto HT3881 .I626 Non-Circulating
    Prior Years: TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (LC) Quarto HT3881 .I626 Regular Loan

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  • ProQuest Statistical Insight Authentication Required
    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.
  • Polling the Nations Authentication Required
    Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 500,000+ questions and responses, from 14,000+ surveys, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.
  • 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
    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 Factbook
    Published annually, this brief guide profiles the economy, government, land, demographics, communications, and national defense establishments of 191 nations and other political entities. Prior years may be accessed via Countries of the World. Tables of data items in each country's profile can be viewed from the Notes and Definitions link. Click on the term being defined and a table for all countries will appear.
    • Location(s): Widely available in the University Libraries in print and on CD-ROM; see U of M Catalog for specifics.
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