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Guide to Resources for Data & Statistics

This guide will point you to databases and sites where you can find statistical reports and data sets.

General Sources

American Fact Finder An interactive feature of the U.S. Census Bureau website, American Fact Finder lets you build custom data tables of Census data from the 2000 and 1990 short and long forms. You can export the data to Excel for further manipulation as well.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Find numbers and data related to topics in labor studies for state, regional and local areas.

Decennial Population & Housing Censuses Guide
From North Carolina State University, a librarian's guide to all of the aspects of each of the U.S. Decennial Censuses. An excellent place to see an overview of what the Census collects and provides, with links to content.

National Center for Education Statistics
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

National Center for Health Statistics
The Nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the public. For basic vital data--births, deaths, marriages, etc.--try the National Vital Statistics System.

National Historical Geographic Information System
The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2000.