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How to find statistics

Here are some great places to go for statistics:

  • American Factfinder - source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. 
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System - Banking and monetary statistics and information about monetary policy.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis  - economic statistics that enable decision makers, researchers, and the public to follow the performance of the nation's economy. 
  • CIA World Factbook - new data on every country, every year; create comparison tables by military geography, people, economy, communications, and transportation.
  • College Navigator - statistics and data on colleges and universities around the United States including retention rates.
  • Country Reports on Terrorism  - from the U.S. State Department, reports by country, by region, safe haven territories, state sponsored terrorism, terrorist organizations.
  • FedStats - statistics from government agencies, search by topics A - Z, Statistical profiles of States, counties, cities, Congressional Districts, and Federal judicial districts, and by agency.
  • OFFSTATS - the emphasis is on global issues and topics, from New Zealand. 
  • Roanoke College statistics- numbers about Roanoke College students including majors, Greek affiliation, GPA, etc.
  • Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. - the "bible" for statistics; numbers from peanuts to nuclear power plants to high school dropouts.
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census - housing, income, poverty, business owners, health insurance - it's all here. 
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - unemployment, consumer price index, health care costs, sports and fitness participation, the price of your Thanksgiving turkey, and more.  
  • U. S. International Trade in Goods and Services - create charts by state, by products, or between U.S. and another country.
  • USA.gov Reference Center

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