American Fact Finder
American Fact Finder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The following data are available on American FactFinder:
- American Community Survey
- American Housing Survey
- Annual Surveys of Governments
- Census of Governments
- Annual Economic Surveys
- Decennial Census
- Economic Census
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation
- Population Estimates Program
- Puerto Rico Community Survey
Quick link: http://factfinder2.census.gov/
Bureau of the Public Debt
The Debt to the Penny and Who Holds It: Debt Held by the Public vs. Intragovernmental Holdings
To find the total public debt outstanding on a specific day or days, simply select a single date or date range and click on the ‘Find History’ button.
The data on total public debt outstanding is available daily from 01/04/1993 through 04/19/2013. The debt held by the public versus intragovernmental holdings data is available:
- Yearly (on a fiscal basis) from 09/30/1997 through 04/19/2013
- Monthly from 09/30/01 through 03/31/05
- Daily from 03/31/05 through 04/19/2013
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a collection of 22 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families. The Forum was founded in 1994 and formally established in April 1997 under Executive Order No. 13045. The mission of the Forum is to foster coordination and collaboration and to enhance and improve consistency in the collection and reporting of Federal data on children and families. The Forum also aims to improve the reporting and dissemination of information on the status of children and families. Data topics include:
- Family and Social Environment
- Economic Circumstances
- Health Care
- Physical Environment and Safety
Quick link: http://www.childstats.gov/datasources/
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama’s administration, Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. Federal, Executive Branch data are included in the first version of Data.gov.
With interactive datasets, you can search, filter, and explore on the fly, right through your web browser! You can also create charts and maps, and APIs are available for developers. Click on the name of a dataset to start interacting with it. By accessing these datasets, you agree to the Data Policy.
Quick link to Interactive Data: https://explore.data.gov/catalog/next-gen
Data360’s mission is to tell compelling and data-driven stories about subjects of importance to its readers. To be compelling, data usually needs some distillation and framing. For this reason, Data360’s reports “do not waste people’s time,” are non-partisan, logical, organized, graphical and insightfully commented.
Quick link: http://www.data360.org/index.aspx
DataFerrett, a service provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, is a unique data analysis and extraction tool-with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements. (FERRETT stands for Federated Electronic Research, Review, Extraction, and Tabulation Tool.) Using DataFerrett, you can develop an unlimited array of customized spreadsheets that are as versatile and complex as your usage demands.
DataFerrett helps you locate and retrieve the data you need regardless of where the data resides. You can develop and customize tables and select the results to create a graph or map for a visual depiction of your data. You can also save your data in the databasket and save the table you have created for reuse. Some of the many data sets available include:
- Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
- Current Population Survey (CPS)
- America Housing Survey (AHS)
- Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES)
- Decennial Census Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS)
Quick link: http://dataferrett.census.gov/
Click on “Get Data ~ Run:” on the upper right-hand side of the screen to begin.
Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER®)
The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER®) started in 2004 as a data preservation and accessibility project of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. FRASER’s mission is to safeguard and provide easy access to the nation’s economic history—particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System—through digitization of documents related to the U.S. financial system.
FRASER preserves and provides access to economic and banking data and policy documents. To this end, various types of documents have been digitized, including the following:
- Publications of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
- Publications of District Federal Reserve Banks
- Statements and speeches of Fed policymakers
- Archival materials of Fed policymakers
- Government data publications
- Statistical releases
- Congressional hearings
- Reports by various organizations
Quick link to Data & Statistics: http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/topics/?tid=21
Quick link to FRASER topics: http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/topics/
FedStats, which has been available to the public since 1997, provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. FedStats links to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more (the vast majority of which are also available here).
Quick link: http://www.fedstats.gov/
Immigration Data and Statistics (DHS)
At the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Immigration Statistics serves a decision-support function by producing annual core reports on immigrants by legal status and by conducting quantitative studies and research on immigration.
This office develops, analyzes, and disseminates statistical information needed to inform policy and assess the effects of immigration in the United States. Our goal is to provide high-quality statistical information that is relevant, timely, cost-effective, and customer-oriented.
Find key datasets published by the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics, including the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, profiles on legal permanent residents, profiles on Naturalized Citizens and more.
Quick link: http://www.dhs.gov/immigration-data-statistics
National Bureau of Economic Research (Public Use Data Archive)
Founded in 1920, the National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community.
Quick Link to Public Use Data Archive: http://www.nber.org/data/
National Conference of State Legislatures
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL conducts policy research in a variety of areas ranging from agriculture and budget and tax issues and education to health care and immigration and transportation.
NCSL also offers access to 50-state information and other legislative resources, such as weekly session schedules. You can find legislation in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Congress through NCSL’s new 50-State Bill Information Service, a searchable database containing the full text of legislation for the current session.
Quick link: http://www.ncsl.org/research.aspx
OECD Library (Statistics)
OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. It replaced SourceOECD in July 2010. OECD iLibrary presents all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters in any available format: PDF, WEB, XLS, DATA, ePUB, READ.
OECD iLibrary also contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF).
Quick link (PennKey may be required): http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/statistics
OECD.Stat includes data and metadata for OECD countries and selected non-member economies. OECD.Stat enables users to search for and extract data from across many databases under different themes such as agriculture and fisheries, development, economic projections, education and training, energy, environment, finance, globalisation, health, national accounts, productivity, regional statistics, social and welfare, etc.
Quick link to OECD.Stat: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/content/data/data-00285-en
The Penn World Table
The Penn World Table provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 189 countries/territories for some or all of the years 1950-2010.
Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Quick link to Data page: http://www.pewresearch.org/data/
Surveys of Consumers
A joint University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters initiative which gauges how consumers feel the economic environment will change. The survey’s Index of Consumer Expectations is an official component of the US Index of Leading Economic Indicators.
Quick link: http://new.sca.isr.umich.edu/tables.php
The Panel Study of Income Dynamics
The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is a longitudinal study of a representative sample of individuals (men, women and children) and the family units in which they reside. It emphasizes the dynamic aspects of economic and demographic behavior, but its content is broad, including sociological and psychological measures. As of 2010, the PSID had collected information on almost 70,000 individuals spanning as much as 43 years of their lives. The PSID data sets have been central in research and knowledge building in key areas such as intergenerational relations; income, poverty, savings and wealth; demographic events such as teen childbearing, marriage and divorce, living arrangements and mortality; labor market behavior; and the effect of neighborhoods.
Quick link: http://simba.isr.umich.edu/VS/f.aspx
The 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.
U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. Data collected includes:
- Population & Housing Census - every 10 years
- Economic Census - every 5 years
- Census of Governments - every 5 years
- American Community Survey - annually
- Many other surveys – both Demographic & Economic
- Economic Indicators - each indicator is released on a specific schedule (see Output, Income & Other Macro Data section below)
Quick link: http://www.census.gov/aboutus/
Quick link to Data Access Tools: http://www.census.gov/main/www/access.html
113th Congressional Districts Analytics Gallery
This guide provides 113th Congressional District GIS/map reference and analytical applications developed using ProximityOne resources focused on congressional and state legislative districts.
• How are demographic and economic conditions changing in areas served by congressional districts?
• How can you flexibly examine geographic-demographic-economic relationships and patterns?
Quick link: http://proximityone.com/cdgallery/guide/
Quick link to CD National Map: http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/cd113_us_wallmap.html
City-Data has collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create as complete and interesting profiles of all U.S. cities as possible. The site contains over 74,000 city photos not found anywhere else, graphs of latest real estate prices and sales trends, recent home sales, home value estimator, hundreds of thousands of maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment…), geographical data, state profiles, crime data, registered sex offenders, cost of living, housing, religions, businesses, local news links based on our exclusive technology, birthplaces of famous people, political contributions, city government finances and employment, weather, tornadoes, earthquakes, hospitals, schools, libraries, houses, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, air pollution, latest unemployment data, time zones, water systems and their health and monitoring violations, comparisons to averages, local poverty details, professionally written city guides, car accidents, fires, bridge conditions, cell phone and other towers, mortgage data, business storefront photos, a forum and a social network with 1,400,000 registered members and 25,000,000 posts, blogs, 5,000 user-submitted facts, individual property info for millions of houses, 30,000 exclusive local business profiles with photos, restaurant inspection results, and more demographics.
Quick link: http://www.city-data.com/
County and City Data Books
The County and City Data Book is the most comprehensive source of information about the individual counties and cities in the United States. It includes data for all U.S. states, counties, and cities with a population of 25,000 or more. It contains additional data for places with a population of 100,000 or more. Also included is a complete set of state maps showing all counties, places of 25,000 or more population, and metropolitan areas.
Quick link to 2007 Data Book: http://www.census.gov/statab/www/ccdb.html
Quick link to UVA resource: http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/ccdb/
This resource (above) provides access to the 1944 through 2000 County and City Data Books. This service provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets (subsets only available for 1988-2000).
HUD State of the Cities Data Systems
The SOCDS provides data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs. It is a portal for non-national data made available through a number of outside institutions (e.g. Census, BLS, FBI and others).
Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)
IPUMS-CPS is an integrated set of data from 50 years (1962-2011) of the March Current Population Survey (CPS). IPUMS data is integrated over time and across samples by assigning uniform codes to variables. This process itself adds value to the data by fully documenting all codes and compiling all variable documentation in a hyperlinked web format. Additionally, IPUMS creates a consistent set of constructed variables on family interrelationships for all samples. The “pointer” variables indicate the location within the household of every person’s mother, father, and spouse. IPUMS data also includes harmonized income and occupation variables.
Quick link: https://cps.ipums.org/cps/index.shtml
A feature of FedStats, MapStats allows users to search for state, county, city, congressional district, or Federal judicial district data (demographic, economic, and geographic).
Quick link: http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/
Metropolitan-Statistical Area Data
Browse Economagic’s economic data pertaining to Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Quick link: http://www.economagic.com/SUBCAT/MSA/
STATS America is a service of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. This initiative was funded in part by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and Indiana University. Available on the site are calculations, graphs, comparisons of time or geography, time series and maps. Site features include:
• States in Profile: Extensive profiles are available for all 50 states featuring hundreds of economic and demographic indicators. The data come from a variety of federal agencies and other sources, and most are updated annually. The Linked Ranks feature lets users easily see which states are similar or dissimilar to a given state on any variable.
• USA Counties in Profile: Multipage, multi-source profiles of all 3,141 counties in the USA, with ranks.
• The USA Counties and Metros Side-by-Side feature provides a useful way to compare any U.S. county or metro to another county, metro, micro, state or the nation.
Quick link: http://www.statsamerica.org/index.asp
U.S. Census Bureau: County Business Patterns
County Business Patterns (CBP) is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll. This data is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for other statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning.
ZIP Code Business Patterns data are available shortly after the release of County Business Patterns. It provides the number of establishments by employment-size classes by detailed industry in the U.S.
Quick link: http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/index.html
U.S. Census Bureau: State Government Finances
State Government Finances provides a comprehensive summary of annual survey findings for state governments. The tables and data files present the following details:
•Revenue, by source of revenue
•Expenditure, by object and function of expenditure
•Indebtedness, by long-term or short-term debt, and
•Asset, by purpose and type of asset
Quick link: http://www.census.gov/govs/state/
U.S. Census Bureau: Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics
• OnTheMap is an online mapping and reporting application showing where workers are employed and where they live with companion reports on worker characteristics and optional filtering by age, earnings, or industry groups. It provides an easy-to-use interface for creating, viewing, printing and downloading workforce related maps, profiles, and underlying data.
• QWI Online: In the LEHD data, Unemployment Insurance data on workers and QCEW data on firms are both reported quarterly. The LEHD program uses these data, additional administrative data and data from censuses and surveys to create thirty QWI, eight of which are published in QWI Online. These include total employment, measures of change such as job flows, new hires and separations, and average earnings. The complete set of thirty labor force indicators is available through the Cornell VirtualRDC.
• The LED Extraction Tool provides easy access to the raw data products produced through the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. The Beta release of this tool makes the entire Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset available through a simple query-building interface (LODES data is scheduled to be available by the end of 2013).
• Industry Focus is a powerful analytic tool that quickly reports the top industries for an area, age group or sex.
Quick link: http://lehd.ces.census.gov/
USDA State Fact Sheets
State fact sheets provide information on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports, for each State in the United States. Links to county-level data are included when available.
Global Economy and Demographics
CIA World Factbook (U.S.)
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The 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.
Quick link to U.S. page: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html
Economic and Budgetary Glossary (CBO)
This glossary defines various economic and budgetary terms as they are commonly used in reports by the Congressional Budget Office. The document is updated periodically, principally to keep abreast of current laws.
Quick link: http://www.cbo.gov/publication/42904
IndexMundi turns raw data from all over the world into useful information for a global audience. It captures statistics that are scattered or otherwise hidden and presents them via user-friendly maps, charts, and tables which allow visitors to understand complex information at a glance.
Quick link to U.S. page: http://www.indexmundi.com/united_states/
The Economist’s A-Z Economics Dictionary
An all-economics dictionary provided by the globally-recognized publication.
Quick link: http://www.economist.com/economics-a-to-z
The World Bank Data (U.S.)
The World Bank provides World Development Indicators, Surveys, and data on Finances and Climate Change.
Quick link: http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-states