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Try these first:

Statistical Abstract of the United States

  • Print editions are available on the Reference Desk shelves on the 2nd floor.
  • CD-ROM versions of the Statistical Abstract are available in the Electronic Data Center. While the contents of the CD-ROM versions are largely the same as those of the print and on-line versions, the tables on the CD-ROM versions often include more years of information than those in the other formats.

County and City Data Book (2007 edition)

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.

  • Print: C 3.134/2:C 83/2/2000 -- most recent edition in the government documents section of the Reference Desk shelves
  • CD-ROM: C 3.134/2-1:2000 (available in the government documents CD-ROM cabinets on Level 2 near the Reference Desk and in the Electronic Data Center)

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: 2006

Features more than 1,500 data items for the United States and individual states, counties and metropolitan areas from a variety of sources.  The files include data published for 2005 population and housing unit estimates and many items from the 1990 and 2000 Census of Population and Housing. Files contain a collection of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal statistical bureaus, governmental administrative and regulatory agencies, private research bodies, trade associations, insurance companies, health associations, educational associations, and philanthropic foundations.

  • Print: C 3.134/5:2006 -- most recent edition in the government documents section of the Reference Desk shelves (REF-DESK location in discoverE).

Historical Statistics of the United States, Millennial Edition -

The Historical Statistics of the United States Millennial Edition is a revised and updated version of the Bicentennial Edition that was published in 1975 and provided statistical information up to 1970. The Millennial Edition has expanded the coverage of the Bicentennial Edition to include data from the 2000 Census (and, with some topics, post-2000 data) and to include topics that were not covered in the Bicentennial Edition (e.g. slavery, poverty, and Native American Indians). The Millennial Edition contains extensive documentation and allows users to create tables of statistics and view them in HTML or PDF format or save them as Excel or .CSV files. Please note that coverage for tables will vary by topic.

  • Print: HA202 .H57 2006 (5 Volumes) -- most recent edition in the Reference Desk shelves


FedStats provides easy access to statistics and information produced by more than 100 US Federal Government agencies.

Proquest Statistical Insight (Emory authorized users only)

This database includes both full-text statistical information issued by U.S. Federal & State governments, selected private publications, and major international intergovernmental organizations, AND citations to statistical documents.

If you get a citation to a document, we probably own that document in microfiche. Look at the "Record Number" field in the citation to find the document:

  • If the Record Number begins with ASI, the document may be in our regular documents shelving on Level 1, or in Microfiche 494 on Level 1.
  • If the Record Number begins with SRI, the document should be in Microfiche 486 on Level 1.
  • If the Record Number begins with IIS, the document should be in Microfiche 510 on Level 1.

When all else fails, try looking through the Census Bureau’s “Subjects Index". The Census Bureau produces or compiles information on a dizzying array of topics, well above and beyond what is contained in the Census of Population and Housing.

For more targeted statistics, try these:

Crime/Criminal Justice:

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) - Provides a wealth of data and statistics on crime and on the criminal justice system and also includes many links to data/statistics available from other government websites.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)- Contains data and statistics on criminal acts and arrests, including the often-used Uniform Crime Reports series.

Economic Indicators:

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis - The best starting point for data and statistics on GDP and its individual components. While the BEA’s most detailed data and statistics are at the national level, it is also a good source for state-level data.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics - An excellent source for data and statistics on employment, unemployment, and other labor force/labor market indicators at different levels of geography (e.g. national, state, metro areas). The BLS is also an excellent source for data and statistics on inflation and prices. If you want historical data on the price of chocolate chip cookies or spaghetti (and you know you do - don’t try to deny it!!), the BLS is the place to start looking.
  • Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) - Data on various macroeconomic indicators, with a particular focus on interest rates and measures of the money supply.


  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) - The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data and statistics on education in the United States. For quick reference, researchers should check out the “Tables & Figures” page within the NCES site.
  • National Science Foundation Division of Science Resource Statistics  (NSF SRS)- Contains a great deal of data/statistics concerning advanced education in the sciences. The WebCASPAR database, for instance, will let you create tables of baccalaureate or graduate degrees broken down by categories such as state, gender or academic discipline.

Environmental Issues:

  • Energy Information Administration (EIA) - The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (“Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government”) contains a wealth of data and statistics on consumption of different categories of energy (e.g. petroleum products, alternative/renewable fuels) in the United States. The EIA also publishes both annual and monthly energy reviews. The EIA’s website also includes a page with data on energy-related emissions.
  • Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program - The Environmental Protection Agency maintains the Toxics Release Inventory Program, which provides annual data/statistics on releases of toxic chemicals from industrial facilities. The TRI Explorer is particularly helpful if you want to create tables for releases of particular chemicals in particular industries or states.


  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - The BRFSS was established by the Centers for Disease Control to provide data on personal behaviors that present health risks (e.g. alcohol and tobacco consumption, exercise patterns, dietary issues). If you see a report on trends in obesity over time, there’s a good chance the BRFSS was a source for the data.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC website includes a specific page devoted to data and statistics at both the national and state levels, and the A-Z topic index is also very helpful for locating quantitative information on specific topics. CDC Wonder is another useful CDC resource for data and statistics on particular topics (e.g. statistics on causes of death, geographic distribution of AIDS cases).
  • Health in the United States - A yearbook of statistics on health indicators produced by the CDC, National Center for Health Statistics.
  • National Center for Health Statistics - Another good starting point for data and statistics on different help topics.


For assistance identifying or using large data sets, see Woodruff Library's Electronic Data Center.

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