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U.S. Statistics

Guide to Government Publications Series

Contents

Introduction to Government Statistics

United States government agencies produce statistics/data in a decentralized government environment. There are five agencies whose responsibility it is to collect, compile, and disseminate statistics. These agencies are the Census Bureau , Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Agricultural Statistical Service, National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Health Statistics . Other agencies produce statistics in performing activities or in carrying out programs required by law. Statistics prepared by these non statistics agencies may or may not be continued once the program or need has been changed.

The statistics/data are made available in print, microform, cdrom, computer tapes, and via the Internet. This guide includes the Green Library sources only. For additional locations, check Socrates.

Finding Government Statistics/Data

To locate US government statistics/data, begin with the publication, Statistical Abstract of the United States issued annually since 1878, Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, published in 1975, or the database Statistical Universe . Federal Agencies may also issue their own statistical compilitions or annual reports containing statistics. The Stanford Social Sciences Data Services (SSDS) located in the Velma Denning Room (Room 121F in the Green Library) houses statistics/data on cdrom and provides information and assistance in using this material.


STAT-USA is the Internet service of the U.S Department of Commerce and the site for the U.S business, economic and trade community, providing authoritative information from the Federal government.

Statistical Universe
Statistical Universe provides an online index to statistics including those created by the United States government agencies. It indexes the publications page by page and table by table. The database begins with 1972 data but has included 1960s data for selected topics like demography and economics. To access the database, select from Databases on the Stanford Libraries homepage. Select the Overview and Help buttons to learn more about the database and how to search it.

General Statistical Abstracts

The following statistical volumes include statistics on all subjects including many non government sources. The volumes include subject indexes and excellent footnotes.

  1. County and city data book (Census Bureau),
    1947 to date. Irregular.
    HA202.A36 latest ed. IC-stats Earlier editions C3.134/2:C83/2:949- SSRC-docs
    1988, 1994 http://fisher.lib.Virginia.EDU/ccdb/
    cdrom 1988, 1994 C3.134/2-1: SSRC-ssds computer tapes (see Socrates)

  2. Historical statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970.
    1975. (Census Bureau). 2 volumes with a subject index and an essay portion describing statistical sources.
    HA202.B87 1975 IC-stats and C3.134/2/H62/789-970 SSRC-docs ---- on cdrom HA202.A384 1997 IC-cdrom workstation

  3. State and metropolitan area data book (Census Bureau), 1979 to date. Irregular.
    HA202.S84 latest ed. IC-stats Earlier editions C3.134/5:1979- Green Fed-Docs
    cdrom 1992, 1994, 1996 C3.134/6: SSRC-ssds 1997/98- http://www.census.gov/prod/3/98pubs/smadb-97.pdf

  4. Statistical abstract of the United States (Census Bureau), 1878 to date. Annual.
    HA202.483 latest ed. IC-stats Earlier editions C3.134:1878-to date. SSRC-docs
    Selection from current Statistical Abstract

  5. USA counties (Census Bureau),
    cdrom 1992, 1994, 1996 C3.134/6: SSRC-ssds
    1998 http://www.census.gov/statab/www/county.html
    County level data including time series

  6. Economic report of the president, 1946 to date.
    Pr Pres no. SSRC-docs
    1995 to date http://w3.access.gpo.gov/eop/index.html
    1999 edition http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS2401

  7. Economic indicators (Congressional Joint Economic Committee), 1948 to date. Monthly. HC101 .A186 IC/stats latest year Earlier years Y4.Ec7: Green Fed-Docs
    April 1995 to date. http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/cong002.html
    Beginning with the February 1997 issue search results will also include entire issues can be retrieved.

  8. Background material and data on major programs within the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Ways and Means (earlier title Overview of entitlement programs), 1982-
    Y4.W36:10-4/ SSRC-docs
    Also available on Mfiche 57 SSRC-fiche; check Congressional Universe for fiche numbers.
    1999- http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS963

Subject, Statistical Abstracts, Annuals, Periodicals

    Agriculture

    1. Agricultural statistics (Agriculture Department), 1936 to date. Annual.
      A1.47: Green Fed-Docs
      1994 to date http://www.usda.gov/nass/pubs/agstats.htm

    2. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture, 1862-1992. Annual.
      A1.1: Green Fed-Docs

    3. Statistical bulletins (Agriculture Department), no.1 (1923)-
      A1.34: Green Fed-Docs

    4. Yearbook of agriculture (Agriculture Department), 1894-1992. Annual. A1.10: Green Fed-Docs
      Earlier years include statistics.
    5. Census of Agriculture (issued every five years on years ending 2 and 7)
      Shelved in the the federal government documents stacks; see the following
      guide for call numbers http://www.stanford.edu/group/Jonsson/pubiv15.html#e

    Business, Economics, Finance

    1. American factFinder is a new data access and dissemination system that provides useful facts and information about communities, the economy, and society. The system will find and retrieve the information needed from some of the Census Bureau's largest data sets.

    2. Census of manufactures (issued every five years on years ending 2 and 7)
      Shelved in the the federal government documents stacks; see the following
      guide for call numbers http://www.stanford.edu/group/Jonsson/pubiv15.html#e

      The first census was taken in 1810 and every ten years until 1939; then 1947, 1954, 1958, 1963, and 1967. The following censuses have been taken every five years.

    3. Budget of the United States, 1922/23 to date. Annual.
      PrEx2.8: SSRC-docs
      Appendix to the budget, 19222/23 to date. Annual.
      PrEx2.8: SSRC-docs
      1996 to date http://www.access.gpo.gov/usbudget/

    4. Business statistics in the United States (Economic Analysis Bureau), 1996 to date. Annual.
      HC101.A13122 latest ed. IC/Stats Earlier editions Green Stacks

    5. Business statistics (Bureau of Economic Analysis), 1951-1991. Biennial.
      C59.11/3: Green Fed-Docs
      Bureau of Economic Analysis http://www.bea.doc.gov/

    6. Censuses issued every five years on years ending 2 and 7
      Shelved in the the federal government documents stacks;
      see the following guide for call numbers http://www.stanford.edu/group/Jonsson/pubiv15.html#e

      Titles have changed for the economic census and have included census of business, census of retail, wholesale, and selected services. The 1997 census will be conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service within the Department of Agriculture http://www.nass.usda.gov/census/

    7. County business patterns (Census Bureau), 1964 to date. Annual.
      Published irregularly back to 1946.
      C3.204: Green Fed-Docs
      Computer tape 1974-
      http://www.census.gov/epcd/cbp/view/cbpview.html
      Data base 1993- http://tier2.census.gov/cbp/cbp_sts.htm

    8. Federal Reserve bulletin (Federal Reserve system), 1915 to date. Monthly.
      FR 1.3: Green Fed-Docs
      Articles from bulletin 1997- http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/bulletin/default.htm

    9. Federal Reserve Districts Statistics
      Search "Statistical Universe" or the print index, American Statistics Index. Full text of the documents are available on microfiche (mfiche 556 SSRC-fiche). The district banks are listed under the name of the district bank.
      For list of the URLs see
      http://www.bog.frb.fed.us/otherfrb.htm

    10. Handbook of international economic statistics (CIA), 1992 to date. Annual
      PrEx3.10/7-5: Green Fed-Docs 1998 to date: http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS2917

    11. National income & product accounts of the United States (Bureau of Economic Analysis), 1929 to date. .
      C59.11/4:In2/ Green Fed-Docs
      Revision information http://www.bea.doc.gov/bea/bench.htm

    12. Social security bulletin (Social Security Administration), 1938 to date.
      Monthly.
      SSA1.22:33- FS3.3:1-32; HE3.3:33-58 FS3.3: 1-32 Green Fed-Docs
      1997- http://www.ssa.gov/statistics/bulletin.html

    13. Social Security yearbook, 1938-48.
      FS 3.3/2: Green Fed-Docs

    14. STAT-USA is the Internet service of the U.S Department of Commerce and the site for the U.S business, economic and trade community, providing authoritative information from the Federal government.

    15. Statistics of income (Internal Revenue Service), 1930-1953.
      T22.35: Green Fed-Docs

    16. Statistics of income: sole proprietorship returns
      (Internal Revenue Service), 1977 to date. Annual.
      T22.35/2:P94/ Green Fed-Docs

    17. Statistics of income: individual income tax returns
      (Internal Revenue Service), 1959- to date. Annual.
      T22.35/2:In2/ Green Fed-Docs

    18. SOI (statistics of income) bulletin (Internal Revenue Service),
      1981 to date. Quarterly
      T22.35/4: Green Fed-Docs

    19. Survey of current business (Economic Analysis Bureau),
      1921 to date. Monthly.
      C59.11:976- C56.109:972-975; C43.8:953-972; C3.34:921-952 Green Fed-Docs
      1995- http://www.bea.doc.gov/bea/pubs.htm

    20. Treasury bulletin (Treasury Department), 1939 to date. Quarterly.
      T63.103/2:985-; T1.3:939-984. Green Fed-Docs
      1996- http://www.fms.treas.gov/bulletin/index.html
    21. Treasury Department annual report, 1815 to date.
      T1.1: Green Fed-Docs

    Demography

    1. American factFinder (Census Bureau) is a new data access and dissemination system that provides useful facts and information about communities, the economy, and society. The system will find and retrieve the information needed from some of the Census Bureau's largest data sets.

    2. Census Basics: 10 year Censuses, a Guide. http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/jonsson/censusbasics.html
      The emphasis in this guide is the 1990 electronic censuses but does include many general references on census information.

    3. Census of population and housing, 1790 to date.
      Every ten years on years ending 0
      C 3.222 Green SSRC-docs

    4. Current population reports, 1949? to date.
      C3.186: C3.186/no Green Fed-Docs
      Many of the individual titles are listed in Socrates.

    5. Current population survey
      http://www.bls.census.gov/cps/cpsmain.htm

      The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years. The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. The print Current population reports are derived from this survey. The library has these surveys on computer tape and cdroms Check Socrates to locate.

    Education

    1. American factFinder is a new data access and dissemination system that provides useful facts and information about communities, the economy, and society. The system will find and retrieve the information needed from some of the Census Bureau's largest data sets.

    2. Condition of education, 1975 to date. Annual.
      ED 1.109:981 to date; HE 19.314:975-980 Green Fed-Docs
      1994 to date: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/majorpub.asp#condition

    3. Digest of educational statistics, 1962-1974. Annual.
      FS5.210:10024/962-968; HE5.210:10024/969-71; HE5.98:972-73
      Green Fed-Docs

    4. Digest of education statistics, 1962 to date. Annual.
      ED1.326:980-to date; ED 1.113:980-87; ED 1.310/2: HE 19.315:975-979
      HE210.10024: have call
      1994 to date.:http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/majorpub.asp#digest

    5. Education statistics in the United States, 1999 to date. Annual.
      L111 .E38 IC-stats latest ed. Earlier editions SAL.

      Education statistics quarterly,
      1999 to date: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/majorpub.asp#quarterly

    6. Historical trends: state education facts 1975-1985
      ED 1.302:H 62/969-989 Green Fed-Docs

      Presents multiple comparisons of national, regional and state data. It also presents percentage change comparisons at 20, 10, and 5 year intervals. The report is divided into two sections - Public elementary and secondary education and Higher education.

    7. Projections of educational statistics, 1964 to date. Annual.
      ED 1.120:964 to 2005 to date. Green Fed-Docs
      To 2005 -
      http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/majorpub.asp#proj

    Energy, Environment

    1. American factFinder is a new data access and dissemination system that provides useful facts and information about communities, the economy, and society. The system will find and retrieve the information needed from some of the Census Bureau's largest data sets.

    2. International energy outlook (Energy Information Administration), 1982-
      E3.1/4: Green Fed-Docs mfiche

    3. International energy annual (Energy Information Administration), 1979-
      E 3.11/20: Green Fed Docs

    4. Annual energy review(Energy Information Administration), 1982-
      E3.1/2: Green Fed-Docs

    5. Energy facts II (House Science & Technology Committee). 1975. Y 4.Sci 2: 94-1/H Green Fed-Docs

    6. Highway statistics (Transportation Department), 1945 to date. Annual
      TD2.23: TD2.110:1945-68 Green Fed-Docs

    7. Census of Transportation (issued every five years on years ending 2 and 7)
      Census was first taken in 1963. Some earlier statistics were compiled for decennial Censuses.
      Shelved in the the federal government documents stacks; see the following guide for call numbers
      http://www.stanford.edu/group/Jonsson/pubiv15.html#e

    8. Minerals yearbook, 1932/33 to date. Annual
      I19.165: Green Fed-Docs
      http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/

    9. Census of Mineral Industries (issued every five years on years ending 2 and 7)
      The first census was 1840 and then every ten years during the next century.
      It was taken for the years 1954, 1958, 1963, 1967 and every five years thereafter.
      Shelved in the the federal government documents stacks; see the following guide for call numbers
      http://www.stanford.edu/group/Jonsson/pubiv15.html#e
      http://www.census.gov/econ/www/manumenu.html

    Foreign Trade

    1. Census bureau current information
      http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/

    2. U.S. exports of merchandise (Census Bureau) on cdrom, 1999 to date.
      C3.278/3: SSRC-SSDS

    3. U.S. imports of merchandise (Census Bureau) on cdrom, 1999 to date.
      C 3.278/2: SSRC-SSDS

    4. FT foreign trade series (Census Bureau), 1943? To date.
      C3.164:FT no./date Green Fed-Docs

    5. Census Bureau foreign trade statistics
      http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/

    6. USA trade: National trade data bank
      C 1.88/3: SSRC-SSDS

    7. STAT-USA is the Internet service of the U.S Department of Commerce and the site for the U.S business, economic and trade community, providing authoritative information from the Federal government.

    8. Export Statistics Express. Availability from the International Trade Administration, this site maps US export data by state.

    Governments

    1. Budget of the United States, 1922/23 to date. Annual.
      PrEx2.8: SSRC-docs
      Appendix to the budget, 19222/23 to date. Annual.
      PrEx2.8: SSRC-docs
      1996 to date http://www.access.gpo.gov/usbudget/

    2. Census of Governments (issued every five years on years ending 2 and 7)
      The first censuses were taken from 1850 to 1942. The next census taken was the 1957 and then at five year intervals.
      Shelved in the the federal government documents stacks; see the following
      guide for call numbers http://www.stanford.edu/group/Jonsson/pubiv15.html#e
      For current information http://www.census.gov/govs/www/index.html

    3. Government employment (GE series), 1940 to date. Annual
      Statistics on government finances have been compiled since 1946 and include all levels of government. This series combines the earlier titles.
      C3.140/2- earlier C3.104/ Green Fed-Docs
      For detailed information, check Bureau of the Census catalog of publications

    Housing

    1. American factFinder is a new data access and dissemination system that provides useful facts and information about communities, the economy, and society. The system will find and retrieve the information needed from some of the Census Bureau's largest data sets.

    2. Annual housing survey (Census Bureau), 1973-
      C3.215: Green Fed-Docs

    3. Decennial censuses of population and housing (Census Bureau)
      Shelved in the the federal government documents stacks; see the following guide for call numbers
      http://www.stanford.edu/group/Jonsson/pubiv15.html#e

    4. Current housing reports (Census Bureau), July 1959 to date. Quarterly.
      C 3.215:H-111/ Green Fed-Docs

    5. Housing construction statistics (Census Bureau), 1889-1964. 1966.
      C 3.2: H 81/2/ 889-964 Green Fed-Docs

    6. Housing statistics of the United States, 1996 (first ed.) to date. Annual.
      HD7293 .A3 H68 latest ed. Green IC-stats Earlier editions Green Stacks.

    Immigration

    1. Annual report of the Commissioner of Immigration to the Secretary of Labor,
      1912/13-1931/32.
      L3.1:912-932 Green Fed-Docs

    2. Statistical yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1978-
      J21.2/10:978- SSRC-docs

    Labor

    1. BLS employment projections
      http://stats.bls.gov/proghome.htm#OEP

    2. BLS international programs and statistics
      http://stats.bls.gov/proghome.htm#INT

    3. BLS publications, 1978-98 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 1999.
      L 2.71:925 Green Fed-Docs

    4. BLS surveys and programs
      http://stats.bls.gov/proghome.htm

    5. Employment and earnings, 1949 to date. Monthly
      L 2.41/2: Green Fed-Docs

    6. Handbook of U.S. labor statistics : employment, earnings, prices,
      productivity, and other data, 1997 to date. Annual
      HD8064 .A3 latest ed. IC-Stats earlier editions Green Stacks
      ---- Historic volume. Bulletin 2340. 1989 L2.3/5:989 SSRC-docs

    7. Monthly labor review (Bureau of Labor Statistics), 1918 to date.
      L2.6: Green Fed-Docs
      ---- Index, 1989- http://stats.bls.gov/opub/mlr/indentry.htm
      1989- http://stats.bls.gov/opub/mlr/mlrhome.htm

    Military

    1. Civilian manpower statistics,(Defense Department), 1984 to date.
      D 1.61/2: Green Fed-Docs
      http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS2601

    2. US Department of Defense annual report, 1949 to date. Annual.
      D1.1: Green Fed-Docs
      US Department of War annual report, 1789-1947. Annual.
      W1.1: M101.1:947-949 Green Fed-Docs

    3. Military expenditures and arms transfer (Arms Control), 1965 to date. Annual.
      AC 1.16: Green Fed-Docs

    4. World military and social expenditures, 1974- HJ7469.W6 Green SSRC

    5. Selective Service System annual report to congress, 1940 to date
      Y 3.Se4/1: Fed docs
      http://www.sss.gov/public.htm 1996 to date.

Government Statistical Internet Sites

 



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