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Economic Research: US Data Resources


Fedstats (U.S. Census Bureau)
Contains links to the federal agencies that collect data, and provides direct access to the data by topic and by geography. Data on the site is collected by over 100 federal agencies and is searchable by geography, agency or subject. Data available at the site includes trade, education, health care, agriculture, aviation, and energy. The site also has a link “MapStats” that provides data (population, housing, labor force, retail sales, etc.) for states, congressional districts, and federal judicial districts.

·'s State of the Cities Data System might be useful for those looking for economic & demographic info, employment rates, & FBI crime data.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (U.S. Department of Commerce): personal income data for 1948-present; annual estimates for the United States, regions, and all states by major source; total and per capita personal income; total and per capita disposable personal income; earnings, wage and salary disbursements, full- and part-time employment, and wage and salary employment by two-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) industry.

U.S. Statistical Abstract (U.S. Census Bureau): the Statistical Abstract or “national data book” includes data for the US on population, education, labor force, agriculture, the criminal justice system, elections and local and state government finances. The Statistical Abstract is available online from 1995-present. Some of the tables contain data as far back as 1790. Earlier editions are also available on line in PDF format.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing education data.  Can pull up info on specific schools or colleges, by state, or by district; ranges from preschool & child care to postsecondary (university & graduate) data.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Adolescent & School Health: source for data on youth and school health policies and practices.

·         For substance abuse & academic performance, see the following CDC page:

College Board: not-for-profit membership organization; created, maintains, & sells standardized tests (such as the SAT).  Can find stats and profiles of most universities here.


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