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Posted: Jul 30, 2015

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  • Internet Resources for Demographers by Thomas A. Gryn. Population Index 63(2):189-204. Summer 1997. Copyright ©1997, Office of Population Research, Princeton University. This paper provides a description of demographic resources available on the Internet. These resources include census data, online databases, and home sites of demographic organizations.
  • Finding Statistics Online : How to Locate the Elusive Numbers You Need REF HA33.5 .B47 1998 Folsom Library, Reference Area, Main Floor

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  • American Community Survey (ACS) U.S. Census Provide users with the capability to browse, search, and map data from many Census Bureau sources.
  • Consumer Income and Poverty (US Census Bureau) Provides links to the full text for the Census Bureau documents on the topics of income, poverty, the labor force, childcare, and health care
  • County and City Data Book (US Census Bureau) Contains statistical tables for 220 data items at the US, census region & division, state, and county levels. Also contains statistical tables for 194 data items for cities, and population and income data for smaller places. Web version allows downloading of SPSS files of data. Updated every six months.
  • Current Population Survey Monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. Ref HA202 .A385 1976 (Main Floor, Folsom Library) - Supplements statistical data provided in the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
  • Housing and Household Economic Statistics (US Census Bureau) Provides links to the full text for the Census Bureau document series: American Housing Surveys and Current Housing Reports.
  • Population and Household Economic Topics (U. S. Census Bureau) Provides estimates, projections, and profiles, as well as population data for more than thirty attributes such as age; marital status and living arrangement; race; occupation; disability; and education. Links are also include for the 200 Census and historical data.
  • Population Statistics (US Census Bureau) Provides census count and current estimates of the number of inhabitants of the Nation, regions, States, cities, counties, and other areas. It also furnishes a wide variety of information on social and economic characteristics of the population, such as household composition, ethnicity, and income and in-depth reports are prepared on important social, economic, and demographic issues.
  • Social Statistics Briefing Room (The Whitehouse) Easy access to current Federal social statistics on crime, demographics, education, and health. All of the information included in the Social Statistics Briefing Room is maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies. All the estimates for the indicators presented in the Federal Statistics Briefing Rooms are the most currently available values.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States Ref Desk ZHA 202 U55 Current Edition (Reference Desk, Main Floor, Folsom Library) AND Ref ZHA 202 U55, 1920-1996 (Main Floor, Folsom Library) - Compendia of tabular data for the United States and foreign countries. Includes an extensive and detailed subject index for easy access to data. Each table includes a footnote that lists the source of the data enabling a user to locate the parent publication. Data is derived from publications of the government and private agencies. Also available in electronic format.
  • United States Historical Census Data Browser Data representing the population economy of the US for each state and county from 1790 to 1970. Intended to aid in browsing these data files, not as a tool for downloading data for further research. Contact ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research ICPSR) for original data.
  • UNCDB (United Nations Common Database) Rensselaer Only Wide-ranging database which covers over 270 countries and areas providing selected series from more than 30 specialized international data sources. Both basic and advanced search levels are accommodated. Advanced search mode permits export to an Excel or database file.

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  • Country Data Profiles (World Bank) Country tables drawn from the World Development Indicators 2000. The tables are intended as quick reference and cover the 206 countries (181 World Bank members and 25 other economies with populations of more than 30,000) reported on in the World Development Indicators and the World Bank Atlas. Fifteen additional tables cover regional- and income-group aggregates.
  • Global Times: The United Nations CyberSchoolBus Important regional and global information is presented in the form of charts and graphs, sometimes accompanied by insightful summaries.
  • INFONATION (United Nations) Up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations. Users can select up to seven countries. Then, proceed to the data menu to select statistics and other data fields. A new interface format is presented in 2002.
  • OECD Statistics Provides access to OECD statistical data and textual information. Statistics are classified under broad categories which users select from a pull down menu. Categories for statistics include: agriculture, demography, environment, finance, health, public sector, science and technology, and social policy
  • Statistical Agencies in Foreign Countries (US Census Bureau) Provides a link to the statistical agency web pages for countries around the world, as well as some international organizations.
  • United Nations Statistics Division Provides links to economics; demographic; and social statistics from the United Nations. Some resources are free; others require a subscription. Includes a National Data Sources link which provide access to Internet sites for National Statistics; International Statistics; Reference for International Statistics; and National publications and international yearbooks.

Children & Families

  • Demographic and Health Surveys The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program has a long tradition of providing data and analysis on the population, health, and nutrition of women and children in developing countries. For more than 15 years, DHS has been developing its reputation as a leader in the field of demographic and health research.
  • Information Statistics (UNICEF) The data provided in the country tables are accompanied by definitions, sources and explanations of symbols. The tables are derived from many sources and thus will inevitably cover a wide range of data quality. Official government data received by the responsible United Nations agency have been used whenever possible.
  • International Archive of Education Data (ICPSR) Data collected by national, state or provincial, local, and private organizations, pertaining to all levels of education in countries for which data can be made available.
  • UNESCO Data Centre Use the Database and Indicators links from this web page. Provides a wide range of education statistics maintained in the UNESCO database. This database is regularly updated with new information received from all countries in the world. Data can be downloaded to Excel.
Health & Medicine
  • Demographic and Health Surveys The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program has a long tradition of providing data and analysis on the population, health, and nutrition of women and children in developing countries. For more than 15 years, DHS has been developing its reputation as a leader in the field of demographic and health research.
  • OECD Health Data Includes analysis of health policies and collection of health data
  • WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS) Health and health-related statistical information from the WHO Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy.
  • LABORSTA: Online Statistics (International Labour Organization) Contains statistics for over 200 countries or territories
  • Key Indicators of the Labour Market ( International Labour Organization) Information gathered from organizations such as the World Bank, ILO, OECD, and UNESCO. Data spans eighteen indicators and 200 countries. (Scout Report, 2/10/00 - EM)
  • Population Index on the Web (Office of Population Research, Princeton University) Primary reference tool to the world's population literature.
  • Population Reference Bureau Provides timely and objective information on US and international population trends and their implications.
  • World Population Trends (United Nations Population Division) Provides data on fertility and family planning; mortality and migration; and population and development.

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