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Finding statistics can often be challenging.  Remember to also look for statistics in a particular discipline by going to the Subject Guide for that discipline, such as Business or Health and Medicine

Searching for Statistics

Statistics (numerical data) can help to stregthen an argument in a research paper, project or presentation. There are many sources of statistics and many are available online.

Here are some excellent sources to start with:

A Web search can be quite effective in finding statistics. Do searches like:

smoking teens statistics

Consider the source!

Not all sources for statistics are reliable.  Government agencies and educational institutions are reliable sources for this kind of infomation. You can limit your search to government and educational sites:

smoking teens statistics site:gov


smoking teens statistics site:edu

Statistical data is also produced by organizations (e.g. the American Lung Association). So you could also search for:

smoking teens statistics site:org

Beware! Many organizations are advocating a particular point of view. Take this into account when using statistics from these sites.

The sections below list many useful and reliable sources for statistics


State and Local

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) - Projections, highlighting statistics for San Francisco Bay Area cities and counties is published every other year; the most recent report is not available online. (Ref 317.946 As78). 

County and City Extra

Financial and Statistical Data - From the California Department of Finance. Includes Economic Report of the Governor, and California Statistical Abstract.

Public Policy Institute of California - Statistical and demographic essays focusing on a variety of issues, such as aging and population, in its California Counts series.

Sourcebook of County Demographics. (Ref 317.3 So84a) Fairfax, VA: CACI Marketing, 2008.


Census Bureau - A wealth of statistical information from the U.S. government. Use Easy Stats for quick and easy access to selected statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau through the American Community Survey. - "The home of the U.S. Government's open data."  Browse topics, or do a quick search.

Google Public Data Explorer - Find a variety of publicly available international and national statistics. Includes education, health, business, demographics, sales, and more.


People and Households - Data by subject - Browse the sections of interest which include demographics, including statistics relating to diversity, household spending, age, etc. From the U.S. Census Bureau.

Population Reference Bureau - Not just census information, but topical as well, in such areas as environment, AIDS, education, gender, etc.

 Also available in print at (Ref 317.3 Un3a


Demographic Yearbook: Annuaire Demographique - From the United Nations

Detailed information about the contries and regions of the world. Contains some statistial data.


Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook

Google Public Data Explorer - Find a variety of publicly available international and national statistics. Includes education, health, business, demographics, sales, and more.

International Database (U.S. Census) -  a free resource for demographic data on "countries and areas of the world with current populations of 5,000 or more." The data base is browsable by country or by region (Less Developed Countries, Oceania, Africa, etc.) with data back to 1950 and projections to 2050. 

InfoNation - Provides statistical information for United Nations member states.

International Trade Statistics Yearbook. - "...a vast compilation of data from such sources as CIA World Factbook, United Nations, WHO, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF, and OECD".

OECD Better Life Index - Compares well-being across 11 topics (housing, income, education etc.)

Population Reference Bureau: Country Profiles - Arranged by country name. ..."provide[s] quick access to essential information on population, health, and the environment for over 200 countries."

Statistical Abstract of Latin America. (Ref 318 St29) Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center, Annual.

Statistical Yearbook (United Nations)

Statistics Canada - Business, economics, society statistics in Canada.

World Resources. (Ref 333.7 W893) New York: Basic Books. Annual.

Yearbook of Labour Statistics. (Ref 331.021 Y32) Geneva: The Office. Annual.


Census Bureau - A wealth of statistical information from the U.S. government, including health related issues.

Center for Health Statistics, Office of Health Information and Research - Statistical reports on health for California.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Center for Health Statistics - Access to statistical tables on behavioral risk factors, infant and child health, vital statistics, and chronic diseases.


Bureau of Justice Statistics - Crime, criminal offenders, drugs, homicide, plus statistics on the justice system. 

Criminal Statistics - From the California Attorney General's office, some 5,000 statistical tables, 59 reports, 26 publications....from the Criminal Justice Statistics Center.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online - Annual statistics include public attitudes, characteristics of the justice system, and profiles of offenses and persons arrested.

Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States - Crime statistics from the FBI. Includes reports on terrorism, hate crimes, and uniform crime.


Annual Energy Outlook - Recent national reports, with a choice of excel or pdf to download. (Adobe Acrobat required for pdf format).

Bureau of Economic Analysis - A great source for U.S. economic data

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System - Provides access to the summary of current US economic conditions. Also includes articles from the Federal Reserve Bulletin, and links to the 12 Federal Reserve districts.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - This site has connections to many of the Bureau’s databases of labor statistics compiled by the Federal Government. Includes current and historical consumer price indexes.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics - Includes statistics on the automotive industry.

California Economic and Financial Research - Browse the different reports.

Cost-of-Living Calculator - Uses the historical Consumer Price Index for urban consumers (CPI-U) to convert dollar values between any two years to adjust for inflation. Has data from 1914 to the present.

Energy Information Administration - Official energy statistics from the US government.


Excel Tutorial - Useful tutorial that walks you through the basics of the spreadsheet. Specific instructions for downloading financials of a company to be placed in Excel.

Fedstats - "The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies."


Cities of the World
Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook

OffStats - "Official Statistics on the Web." Browse by country, region, or topic. From the University of Auckland Library in New Zealand.

Population Reference Bureau - A comprehensive directory of population-related websites. Search by organization, by region and country, or by topic within a country.

Economic and population data on California


Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web - From the US Department of Labor, both national and international statistical sites. Browse by country.

US Bureau of the Census - includes information on the Census Bureau as well as parts of their publications, including graphs and statistics from their many demographic surveys. This includes Latest Economic Indicator, the latest Population EstimatesCurrent Industrial Reports


Includes Market Share Reporter


Commercial Atlas and Marketing Guide. (Atlas Table Ref 912.73 R158) Chicago: Rand McNally, 1999.

Household Spending: Who Spends How Much on What. (Ref 658.834 H816) 6th ed. Ithaca, NY: New Strategist, 2001.

Lifestyle Market Analyst. (Ref 658.834 St24) Wilmet, IL: Standard Rate and Date Service, Annual.