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Find traffic accident numbers, seatbelt use, gasoline consumption and much more.
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Statistics and analysis from the Department of Energy.  Searchable by fuel, geography, sector or price.

Country Analysis http://www.eia.gov/countries/

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Voting information and detailed campaign finance numbers are available here.
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Their reports are wide ranging and authoritative. Many full-text reports can be found on their site as well as a searchable archive going back to 1995.

Criminal Justice

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Covers crime, victims of crime, criminals, courts and sentencing, law enforcement and corrections including capital punishment, jails, prisons or parole, and special topics.
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The very heart of FBI operations lies in investigations--which serve, as their mission states, "to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States."
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"Compiles volume and rate of crime offenses for the nation, the states, and individual agencies. This report also includes arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data." Also available are reports on Hate Crime Statistics, white collar crime, and detailed victim data.
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Each year's edition of Hate Crime Statistics presents data regarding incidents, offenses, victims, and offenders in reported crimes that were motivated in whole or in part by a bias against the victim's perceived race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.
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A wealth of information about youthful offenders and the entire juvenile justice system.

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Not a wealth of information but the only source for NYC data.
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Great crime and neighborhood statistics, but find out your precinct before you click because there is nothing on the site to help you identify it. The Neighborhood Statistics page (which also link to this site) will give you that information.

Demographics

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American Community Survey (ACS) provides data every year and includes topics that include education, transportation, housing and ancestry.

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A slick miscellany of data choices involving a variety of studies compiled by the Census.
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Covers U.S. population data.
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If you have a specific topic this is the fastest way to find tables for education, housing, etc.
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Just that, in all its variations. Good comparison data with 1990.
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The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.


Maps and Data: http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/index.htm

Find geographic data and products such as the TIGER/Line Shapefiles, KMLs, TIGERweb, cartographic boundary files, geographic relationship files, and reference and thematic maps.


Census Data Mapper http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/datamapper.html

The Census Data Mapper is a web mapping application intended to provide users with a simple interface to view, save and print county-based demographic maps of the United States. The data are from the 2010 Census.

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Census of Governments is taken at 5 year intervals. The census covers three major subject fields: government organization, public employment, and government finance.
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Knowing what was asked when can be very useful in planning your research.
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As the analytical branch of the PRB they "explain and publicize the findings of population research and their implications. The Center serves the entire field of population sciences, by translating research into information that can be used by decision makers in the public and private sectors, individuals and families."
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Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being by Race and Hispanic Origin from the Bureau of Economic Advisors (1999). This was a Clinton administration initiative which is not being continued.
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Electronic versions of the 1988, 1994, and 2000 County and City Data Books with the option of creating your own custom printouts and/or customized data subsets.
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Tables available vary from Census to census, 1790 has some names, others have limited population data, others have manufacturing information, but little population data. Years currently available include: 2000, 1990, 1860, 1810-50, 1800, 1790
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Population and economic data about U.S. states and counties from 1790 to 1960. No information about individuals is on this website.
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Time periods and geographical units vary from table to table, but still a nice data set. Older material focuses on foreign born, transportation to work, urban and rural, and mean center of population.
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A great resource for researchers with SAS or SSPS experience, because the site provides only the data you have to do the formatting and tabulations yourself. "ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. ICPSR hosts a number of topical archives, including the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA), the International Archive of Education Data (IAED), the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA), and the Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (CCEERC)."
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Data from the Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau dealing primarily with recent immigrants. For long range data consult the Census. Default format for the tables is PDF, however, many are also downloadable in Excel.

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This is a great source if you need NYC data particularly if you need by for Community Boards, School Districts, Health Areas, and other NYC specific geographic units. Population statistics, immigration trends, socio-economic indicators, birth and death data, hospitalizations, local trade data are included. Infoshare Online has over 3000 neighborhood definitions and 50,000 items of data gathered during the last decade on the neighborhoods of NYC. Users may profile a neighborhood of their choosing, compare neighborhoods across the city, or configure their own special tabulations.
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The North American Jewish Data Bank is the central repository of social scientific studies of North American Jewry. The Data Bank's primary functions are to (1) acquire, archive, and disseminate quantitative data sets and reports, both contemporary and historical and (2) encourage utilization of the archive through training and provide information about methods for studying Jewish communities.
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The Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation.

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We subscribe to the PRB's journals (Population Bulletin, Population Today, Reports on America). The web site adds a lot of value to the analysis in the articles. Although the web site offers analysis as well as numbers. The PRB helps users understand what the statistics mean. Good solid data combined with articles make this site very useful. Their topical data sheets are very good as well. Focus Areas: Environment, HIV/AIDS, Population Trends, Reproductive Health Topics: Education, Employment, Family Planning, Fertility, Gender, Health, Income/Poverty, Marriage/Family, Migration, Mortality, Older Population, Policy, Race/Ethnicity, Urbanization, Youth, 2000 Census Regions: Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Sub-Sahara Africa
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The Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (provided by the Office of Homeland Security) is a compendium of tables that provides data on foreign nationals who, during a fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., admitted as immigrants or became legal permanent residents), were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis (e.g., tourists, students, or workers), applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration law enforcement actions, including alien apprehensions, removals, and prosecutions. Users can download data in Excel format, and read analases of data as well.

Economics

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BEA's economic statistics provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures.

Data on this site may be used in pre-formatted tables and many of the data sets are available in downloadable formats as well.


National Economic Accounts http://www.bea.gov/national/index.htm

International Economic Accounts http://www.bea.gov/international/index.htm

Industry Accounts http://www.bea.gov/industry/index.htm

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"The Economic Census provides a detailed portrait of the Nation's economy once every five years, from the national to the local level. The 1997 Economic Census covers nearly all of the U.S. economy in its basic collection of establishment statistics. There also are several related programs, including statistics on minority and women-owned businesses. Censuses of agriculture and governments are conducted at the same time. The first reports from the 2002 Economic Census are now available as well." This site can be searched by NAICS codes. The 2002 US NAICS Manual North American Industry Classification System--United States, 2002 includes definitions for each industry and is available in print at the Brooklyn College Library Government Information service desk, as well as at the link provided above.
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National level time series data available for download as Excel files.
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A database of 20,417 U.S. economic time series. With FRED® you can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series.

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Conducts "the nation's monetary policy; supervising and regulating banking institutions and protecting the credit rights of consumers; maintaining the stability of the financial system; and providing certain financial services to the U.S. government, the public, financial institutions, and foreign official institutions." As a result of these duties, their statistical releases are heavily anticipated by the financial community. Get statistics from the Fed here.

Foreign Exchange Rates http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h10/Update/

Historic Rates http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/H10/hist/

Beige Book http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/beigebook/

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One of the most interesting and useful NYC documents. This reports covers how much the City spends on various services and programs and evaluates how well they are working.

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Includes the Annual Executive Budget and the Monthly Report on Current Economic Conditions.
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Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications, such as the Economic Report of the President, are included, which may vary from year to year.

Education

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Many of the center's reports and publications are available here. The site is searchable and user friendly.
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Another useful page which allows you to select data from various programs within the Center for Education Statistics.
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This search tool lets you locate all tables/figures/charts published in the inventory of NCES' Education Statistics Quarterly; the National Education Data Resource Center (NEDRC) Post Secondary Tables Library; the Condition of Education; the Digest of Education Statistics, and other NCES publication. Tables are constantly being added to this database (close to 4,500 tables, graphs, and figures are now available).
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From this page the "Our Schools" link gives a full range of information about the NYS school system from maps to school report cards.

Foreign and Multinational

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Concise background information on nations and includes some maps.
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GenderStats is an electronic database of gender statistics and indicators designed with user-friendly, menu-driven features. It offers statistical and other data in modules on several subjects. The data in each module is presented in ready-to-use format. Users have the option of saving the country views in Excel (or another spreadsheet software) to customize them for their own reports. Genderstats was produced by the World Bank's Poverty Reduction and Economic management Network’s Gender and Development team (PRMGE) and the Development Economics Data Group (DECDG).

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This database provides annual historical energy data from the four IEA/OECD Energy Statistics and Energy Balances, containing data for the 30 OECD Member countries and more than 100 non-OECD countries.
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A massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. You can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics, and select exactly which countries you want to include. For users looking for U.S. or local material this is not your best choice as it is mainly useful for making comparisons between nations. The data covers the eclectic and the mundane, but often hard to find, sorts of things such as numbers of soldiers, Olympic medals, tourists, English speakers or wall plug voltages. Users will also find profiles of individual countries including maps and flags.
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The purposes of the United Nations are to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these ends.
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"Unrestricted free access is provided to selected global datasets, such as the Millennium Indicators Database, which presents 48 social and economic indicators and related series by country and year since 1985, and the Social Indicators data set."
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UN Population Information Network: A guide to population information on UN web sites by the UN's Population Division - Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
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Covers population social and housing characteristics, with a special focus on economic development and women.

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The World Bank's development data, with more than 600 development indicators for 208 countries and 18 regional groups.

Health

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International report from the CDC.
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides statistics on: Medicaid, Medicare enrollment, national health care indicators and expenditures.
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Now part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the NCHS offers everything from a quick snapshot of the nation's health to the statistical equivalent of an MRI. There is full text access to many familiar print publications here.
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Many of the individual institutes have statistical data about the diseases and conditions in which they specialize.
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12 page overviews for an area comprised of 2-4 neighborhoods. If you can't tell which report covers your neighborhood by the names, there is a zip code search that will help locate the appropriate one.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides statistics on: National Survey on Drug Use & Health, state estimates of substance use, substance abuse and mental health

Labor

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Preformatted and customizable data on all aspects of employment and work.

Tutorial http://www.bls.gov/tutorial/

Other Statistical Sources http://www.bls.gov/bls/other.htm Compiled by the BLS, these are additional statistical sources, including federal and international agencies.  Includes:

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Includes Employment & Unemployment, Prices & Living Conditions, Compensation & Working Conditions, Productivity & Technology and Regional Resources
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The Economy At A Glance tables available for regions, states, metropolitan areas are very useful data summaries of key indicators, many with data available for a 10 year time span.
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Includes Employment and Unemployment, Prices and Living Conditions, Compensation and Working Conditions, Productivity and Technology, Employment Projections, International Programs

Meteorology

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U.S. Climate at a Glance
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"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space and sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service that touch the lives of all Americans."
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USHCN is a high-quality, moderate-sized data set of monthly averaged maximum, minimum and mean temperature and total monthly precipitation developed to assist in the detection of regional climate change. The period of record varies for each station but generally includes the period 1900-1995. Included with the data set are metadata files that contain station history information about weather station moves, instrumentation, observing times, and elevation.

Recommended Databases (articles, etc.)

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Locator Tools and Services - A very nice set of specialized sources for locating various types of government information, not necessarily statistics.
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Provides easy access to a full range of statistics and other information by more than 70 Federal agencies.
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A search engine for NYS web sites and your best bet for navigating NYS official web sites.
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Search any branch of State or Federal government from the links here. As well as a good selection of hard to find independent agencies.

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This comprehensive compendium of statistics compiled by the U.S. government with supplemental material from outside organizations also includes explanatory material for each chapter and individual tables give sources for further research. Note: the index is to tables not pages.

State and Local

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American Community Survey (ACS) provides data every year and includes topics that include education, transportation, housing and ancestry.

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To use the data you must have SAS; they provide a download on the site.
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12 page overviews for an area comprised of 2-4 neighborhoods. If you can't tell which report covers your neighborhood by the names, there is a zip code search that will help locate the appropriate one.
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A database specializing in NYC data including Census and other NYC specific data sets. InfoShare offers geographic subdivisions that are NYC specific which other databases do not. Users may search ready made tables or generate their own. Tables may be printed or saved in a variety of formats including: Excel spreadsheet (*.xls); Table Details & Field Catalog Only (for use with DBF) (*.csv).
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One of the most interesting and useful NYC documents. This reports covers how much the City spends on various services and programs and evaluates how well they are working.

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Includes the Annual Executive Budget and the Monthly Report on Current Economic Conditions.
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Go to Information and services section in the lefthand column - choose Residents. Look in the lower section of the right hand column for the My Neighborhood link. Fill in an address and you should get a page with a map of the neighborhood around the address with topical tables. Use the buttons on the left to navigate the page. Categories available are: City Life, Education (covers all levels), Elected Officials (as good as "They Represent You"), Health, Public Safety (get your Police Precinct # here), Recreation, Resident Services, Transportation (bus and subway information) and Neighborhood Statistics. Statistics link gives you information in both tables and graphics from the Mayor's Management Report dealing with other aspects of Education, Health & Human Services issues, as well as environmental data, Community Services, public safety and infrastructure information. One of the most useful features of these pages is the community board maps that allow users to compare their neighborhood to others in the city. Users can "redraw maps by Community Boards, Police Precincts or School Districts."
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Births, death, communicable diseases, data of interest for public health professionals and others.

Statistics

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American Community Survey (ACS) provides data every year and includes topics that include education, transportation, housing and ancestry.

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A database of 20,417 U.S. economic time series. With FRED® you can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series.