English 001 A (Cain): Govt Data Sources

Spring 2013

Data Sources

U.S. Data Resources (free online)





American FactFinder


Provides data from the "nearly one hundred other surveys and censuses every year." Information is "summarized by geographic area."

Bureau of Labor Statistics


The BLS is an independent national statistical agency within that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates statistical data in the field of labor economics.




Provides "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.”

Economic Report of the President


The annual economic report from the Executive branch overviews the United States’ economic progress.

Historical U.S. Census Data

Data on the population and economy of US states and counties from 1790 to 1960.


Social Security Bulletin

Produced by the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Office of Policy Research and Analysis.

State & County QuickFacts

Provides quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

The authoritative & comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

USA Counties

Over 5,000 data items covering all 3,142 counties in the United States.

USDA Economic Research

Provides users with online access to data "involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development."

World Factbook

The World Factbook is produced by CIA's Directorate of Intelligence and serves as a comprehensive resource of facts and statistics for more than 250 countries.

World Economic Outlook Reports

The online version of this paper resource provides "detailed analysis of the world economy." Full-text access is provided from 1993 to the present.

Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

The Yearbook also presents data on immigration law enforcement actions, including alien apprehensions, removals, and prosecutions.