Statistical Sources by Subject
Statistical Sources by Subject
This page focuses on statistical sources of specific disciplines such as education, health, crime, population and demography, and arms control. Links to international sources of statistical information are included. If you are interested in material about statistical methodology, see the Data & Statistical Methodology Guides page. Other libraries on campus, particularly Government Information Services and Scholarly Commons have additional important sources of statistical information.
All titles listed in this guide are located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) Reference Collection unless otherwise noted. The location SSHEL RCC indicates the item is held in the SSHEL Reference Circulating Collection.
Crime and Justice | Economics, Labor & Employment Statistics | Education Statistics | Health Statistics | Public Opinion Data
Crime and Justice
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is the primary source for the collection, analysis and dissemination of statistics on crime and justice in the United States. This site provides links to reports, data, and a wide variety of publications including Age Patterns of Victims of Serious Violent Crimes; Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics; and the World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems.
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service
NCJRS is a “federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to further support research, policy, and program development worldwide.” The website provides reports published by NCJRS, reference guides and summaries of criminal justice topics, free access to one of the largest criminal justice abstract databases in the world, and a comprehensive FAQ of criminal justice research questions.
- Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States, displayed in over 600 tables. Tables are sorted into 6 topical sections: Criminal justice characteristics; Public opinion; Crime & victims; Arrests & seizures; Courts, prosecution & sentencing; Parole, jails, prisons; and Death penalty.
Economics, Labor, & Employment Statistics
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
From the United States Department of Labor. Covers a variety of labor statistics including inflation & prices, employment, unemployment, pay & benefits, spending & times use, productivity, workplace injuries, and some international statistics.
- EIU Country Intelligence
Best source for international economics research. Includes both qualitative and quantitative data. Information is frequently updated and includes risk ratings for countries.
- ISI Emerging Markets
Award winning database with comprehensive economic and financial information about developing countries. Information may be available in the local language.
- Source OECD
Includes comprehensive economic indicators, social development, and environmental data for developed and developing countries; however, there is a stronger focus on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
- Statistical Insight
ProQuest Statistical Insight includes all statistical publications issued by the U.S. government back to 1973 through CIS' American Statistics Index, and 1,000 statistical publications of private and state government sources from 1980 forward through CIS' Statistical Reference Index. It also provides database access to the American Statistics Index, the Statistics Reference Index, and the International Index of Statistics.
- WDI Online
From the World Bank, a highly regarded source and most comprehensive source for economic indicators. First resource to use when looking for economic indicators.
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National Education Statistics
- 120 years of American Education: a Statistical Portrait (Call Number: 370.21 ON2)
This statistical source provides data on elementary, secondary and higher education. The earlier data covers only a few areas such as enrollment in public elementary and secondary school, attendance, teachers and their salaries, and high school graduates.
- The Comparative Guide to American Elementary and Secondary Schools. 6th ed. 2009. (Call Number: 371.01097302 C738 2009)
A one-volume guide of evaluative and demographic statistics from every regular public school district in the United States that serves 2,500 or more students. Arranged alphabetically by state, and sub-sorted by counties, the book contains an alphabetical listing of cities in which the school districts' headquarters are found along with contact information for each school. An index of cities is also provided.
- Condition of Education . 1975-. (Call Number: 370.973 N2132c)
A publication of the National Center for Education Statistics, which is the primary federal entity responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations. Emphasis is on analysis as opposed to simple presentation of statistical data.
- Digest of Education Statistics
Published by the U.S. Office of Education, this source provides statistics on many aspects of education, including schools, enrollments, teachers, finances, and libraries. This should be the first source consulted when looking for U.S. education statistics.
- Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
IPEDS is a primary resource for postsecondary education statistics. Data available include admissions, tuition rates, enrollment numbers, race/ethnicity of students, graduation rates, and amount of student financial aid. The Data Center provides detailed information on individual institutions and allows comparison between universities.
National Center for Education Statistics
Collects, analyzes, and reports complete statistics on the condition of American education; conducts and publishes reports; and reviews and reports on education activities internationally. This site provides access to many reports and publications of the NCES. Publications can be searched by subject, keyword, release date and NCES number. Datasets of surveys can be downloaded, and manipulated using the Data Analysis System (DAS), a Windows application that downloads with the data. Reports include:
- National Education Association (NEA) Reference Center
Published annually. “Contains up-to-date information on faculty salaries and benefits, the economic conditions in the states, faculty workload, trends in bargaining, and information on non-faculty professionals on campus.”
- Open Doors
Produced by the Institute of International Education, the “Open Doors Report” contains data on both foreign students studying in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad. Information included are enrollment numbers, place of origin of international students, source of funds for international students, visa status, sex, and major fields of specialization.
- Projections of Education Statistics to... 1973-. (Call Number: 370.973 Un4p)
Provides statistics for such factors as enrollment, graduates, classroom teachers, and expenditures for all levels of education through ten years after its publication. While much of the data pertains to national education, select information concerning the state level can supplement projections prepared by individual states. The projections and revisions are based upon the most recent census and projections. Explanatory text introduces each of the tables and graphs. A detailed table of contents is provided.
- Report Card on American Education
Provides state-by-state trends for the past twenty years and presents written analysis of data and the latest data available for public elementary and secondary schools in each state. Topics include student performance, spending and staffing. Sources for each table are provided.
State of Illinois Education Statistics
- Chicago Public Schools
School test scores and demographic reports from CPS. Data available by individual schools or aggregated citywide.
- Illinois State Board of Education
Data on education in Illinois from the Data Analysis and Progress Reporting division of the ISBE. A variety of statistical reports are available in PDF format, covering pre-school, elementary, and secondary education, ACT scores, bilingual education, gifted education programs, and other topics.
International Education Statistics
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics
"Global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, technology, culture and communication" from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Includes country profiles and the annual Global Education Digest.
- CDC Wonder
CDC Wonder, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides access to a wide variety of reports, guidelines, and numeric public health data. The datasets provide access to a variety of information including: AIDS cases reported by state and local health departments, cancer statistics, disease by classification number, mortality, sexually transmitted disease morbidity, and tuberculosis surveillance.
- Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)
The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) Report provides a health status overview of the 3,141 counties in the nation. Community profiles can be displayed on a map or downloaded. CHSI gathers data about various areas of public health including, access to and utilization of healthcare services, birth and death measures, vulnerable populations, risk-factors for premature deaths, communicable diseases, and environmental health.
- Health and Retirement Study
The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study surveys more than 26,000 Americans over the age of 50 years every two years. Supported by the National Institute of Aging and the Social Security Administration, the collects information about income, work, health insurance, disability, physical and mental health, and health care expenditures.
- National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
NCHS is the federal government’s principal vital and health statistics agency. NCHS provides data on vital events (birth and mortality) as well as information on health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care. The National Survey of Family Growth also includes information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men's and women's health.
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)
From the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), SAMHDA collects, analyzes, and disseminates data about behavioral health. The archive provides access to substance abuse and mental health research data and promotes the sharing of this data among researchers, academics, policymakers, service providers, and others.
- Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute is the most authoritative source of information for cancer incidence and survival statistics in the United States.
- Carolina Population Center
The Carolina Population Center, at the University of North Carolina, is “a community of scholars and professionals collaborating on interdisciplinary research and methods that advance understanding of population issues.” A number of their current research projects relate to health. The research can also be browsed by theme.
- MEASURE DHS: Demographic and Health Surveys
MEASURE DHS assists developing countries in the collection and use of data to monitor and evaluate population, health and nutrition programs. Demographic and health surveys provide information on family planning, maternal and child health, infant mortality, HIV/AIDS/STIs (sexually transmitted infections), and reproductive health.
For more health statistics, see the Health Portal's Health Statistics and Data page.
Public Opinion Data
- The Gallup Organization
The Gallup Organization has been collecting public opinion data extensively since 1935. Their free website provides some of this information to the public. The site allows for topic keyword searches and also has a topic index, listing major issues such as Abortion, Campaign Finance, Illegal Drugs, and Taxes, with retrospective poll results, sometimes dating back to the 1950s, included for each. Gallup Brain, their comprehensive database, has “ answers to more than 136,000 questions, and responses from more than 3.5 million people interviewed by The Gallup Poll." Gallup Brain makes it easy to export data and create graphs.
- Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; by reporting news and analyzing news coverage; and by holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues. Areas of particular relevance include:
- Polling the Nations
Polling the Nations is a compilation of more than 14,000 surveys conducted by more than 700 polling organizations in the United States and more than 80 other countries from 1986 to the present. Each of the nearly 350,000 records reports a question asked and the responses given. Also included in each record is the polling organization responsible for the work, the date the information was released, the sample size, and universe, i.e., the groups or areas included in the interview, such as parents with children in public schools, Great Britain, the United States, or California.
- Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
An archive of public opinion data collected from surveys and polls performed by groups such as Gallup, Roper, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and more. The public opinion data covers "politics and government, public institutions, international relations, business, social affairs and consumer behavior and preferences." The link to the Roper Center Collection includes the expanded version of the i-POLL survey database. All i-POLL surveys and polls are downloadable from any campus computer.