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Government Documents: Statistical searches

A guide to utilizing electronic government documents.

Statistical searches

How (and where) to find stastistics and data collected and issued by the government.

Various government agencies collect data and statistics in a variety of areas and issue regular reports about their findings.  Users who are unsure about where to find statistical information about a given topic can start with a general keyword or subject search in a data index or statistical search engine like the following:

  • "The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. ... includes searchable data catalogsproviding access to data in three ways: through the "raw" data catalog, the tool catalog and the geodata catalog."
  • FedStats: A gateway to statistics from over 100 federal agencies.
  • Government Statistics: A comprehehsive guide to general and topical statistical sites and search engines.

Statistical compendiums and agency sites

Statistical compendiums

Crime and criminal justice



  • Energy Information Administration: The Energy Information Administration is an authoritative and comprehensive source for national and international energy statistics.

Health and vital events

Labor and economics

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis: The Bureau of Economic Analysis includes current and historic data about business and industry, organized by national, international, and regional sources.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): The BLS comprises data about employment, and includes both current and historic statistics.
  • Economic Report of the President: The President's Economic Report is a textual summary of the nation's economic progress, but includes extensive appended data.

Population and census data

  • Census Bureau: The Census Bureau produces population and business data on the internationa, national, state, local, and international levels.


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