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Census and Statistical Sources (online)

The primary page of the United States Census Bureau lists all of the available data tools available from the govenment. Individual databases used frequently are:

Cenus Bureau Data Tools

These resources provide access to census statistics.
  • Free online resource American FactFinder

    American FactFinder is the Census Bureauís online tool for accessing a wide variety of population, economic, geographic, and housing information about the United States.

  • Free online resource Fedstats

    Coverage: current
    Search for online statistical publications from more than 100 agencies in the US Federal Government.

  • Free online resource Statistical Abstract of the United States (US Census version)

    Coverage: 1881-present
    Basic summary statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the U.S., various regions, the states, MSAs, and cities of 100,000 or more residents. Also includes historical statistics under "Earlier Editions."


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Historical census data

These resources, both from government and private sources provide access to historical statistics. Also see Print Resources for additional material
  • Free online resource Historical US Census Data

    Coverage: Full Text
    Population, demographics, and economic data for all states and counties, from the United States decennial census, 1790 - 1970.

  • Free online resource Statistical Abstract of the United States (US Census version)

    Coverage: 1881-present
    Basic summary statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the U.S., various regions, the states, MSAs, and cities of 100,000 or more residents. Also includes historical statistics under "Earlier Editions."

  • Off-campus access restricted to UMBC Students, Faculty and Staff Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Ed. Online

    Coverage: 1770-
    This thoroughly revised five-volume reference work, available both in print and electronic editions, reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field. The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition (a single one-time purchase!) will permit users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest.


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Health and Education statisitcs

These resources, both from government and private sources, provide access to a variety of health and education statistics, both current and historical
  • Free online resource America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being

    Coverage: Full Text
    Annual report presenting a statistical overview of the well-being of America's children. Content includes key indicators in seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

  • Free online resource Kaiser State Health Facts

    Coverage: current
    Statehealthfacts.org is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states. Statehealthfacts.org provides data on more than 500 health topics: the data are based on an analysis of the Census Bureauís March 2007 and 2008 Current Population Surveys (CPS; Annual Social and Economic Supplements) and are restricted to the civilian (not active duty military) population. The state data represent 2-year averages.

  • Free online resource National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

  • Free online resource National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

    Coverage: current
    Select FASTATS, Data Warehouse, or Frequently Asked Questions for quick access to the most-requested data. Source citations are included.


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Business, Market, Regional Statistics

These resources are useful for regional and national statistics in a variety of categories
  • Off-campus access restricted to UMBC Students, Faculty and Staff ProQuest Statistical Insight

    Coverage: Full Text
    Provides full text documents and statistical information in tabular formats. Sources include U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. (Formerly LexisNexis Statistical)

  • Free online resource County and City Databook: 2007

    Coverage: Full Text
    demographic and vital statistics; employment, education, government, housing, production and weather data for states, counties, and all cities of 25,000+. Older editions in print.

  • Free online resource Uniform Crime Reports

    Online version of annual publication. Also known as Crime in the United States. Special sections on hate crime and terrorism in the US. include statistics on arrests for various criminal offenses at the national, regional and state level. Statistics for years before 1995 are available through the ICPSR Archive. Print version in Lower Level GovDocs, call# J1.14/7:


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Understanding Statistics

These resources are useful for understanding how statistics are used and misused
  • Free online resource STATS at George Mason University

    Coverage: 1994-
    STATS monitors the media to expose the abuse of science and statistics before people are misled and public policy is distorted. Present focus is on the following policy areas: education, children, drug use, public health, polls & surveys, gender, crime.

  • Off-campus access restricted to UMBC Students, Faculty and Staff How to do Basic Statistical Research

    Coverage: current
    Answers to frequently-asked questions on statistical research from Lexis-Nexis Statistical Universe.


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