General Sources

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census. Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1878 to date.
    Call number: D,REF or R,REF HA 202
    Over the years various editions add, drop, or refine features. The contents are divided into sections, which generally cover broad areas such as population, education, or vital statistics. In addition it covers national elections, business statistics, statistics on types of cases in the various federal courts, and detailed information on crime rates. The Statistical Abstract's value is also in its footnotes, which refer the reader to government and commercial publications where more detailed information is available. There is an appendix that references tables in the Abstract to earlier data shown in the Historical Statistics of the United States(Part 1, Part 2). Current editions are available on the Internet via links from the FEDSTATS Statistical Reference Shelf.
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census. Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1975. 2 volumes.
    Call Number: D,REF HA 202 .B87 1975
    Companion volume to the Statistical Abstract of the United States with retrospective data provided in a convenient longitudinal arrangement.
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census. State and Metropolitan Area Data Book. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1979 to date.
    Call Number: D,REF HA 202 .S84
    Supplements the Statistical Abstract by providing data on states, metropolitan areas, and metropolitan counties. Published every five years. Available through the FEDSTATS Statistical Reference Shelf or directly at the Census Bureau's web site. Tables cover population characteristics, income, the labor force, business enterprises, trade, education, financial institutions, health care, and crime.
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census. County and City Data Book. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1949 to date.
    Call Number: D,REF HA 202 .A36
    Another supplement to the Statistical Abstract, published approximately every five years. Presents basic statistics for local areas throughout the nation. (Data cover statistics for places of 2,500 inhabitants or more.) Topics covered are population characteristics, housing, banking, trade, education, government finance, health, household data, and income.
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census. USA Counties.
    Provides nearly 5,000 demographic, economic and governmental data variables for states, the District of Columbia, and counties throughout the nation. The focus is upon comparisons over extended periods of time. Selected variables deal with age, business and the economy, income earnings and poverty, education, government revenues and expenditures, health, race and ancestry, housing, labor and vital statistics.

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

  • U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics Homepage
    Frequently newspaper articles discussing recent crime statistics are citing to sources listed on this site. The major topics covered are crime and victims, courts and sentencing data, prison population, and criminal justice expenditures.
  • U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1974 to date. Annual.
    Call Number: D,USG J29.9/6:year
    Covers statistics about crime, law enforcement, and public attitudes toward the police, judges, and crime. Tables cover characteristics of the criminal justice system, such as workloads and expenditures; public opinion about criminal victimization, capital punishment, gun control; data about known offenses; characteristics of the arrested, and jail populations. One important section for lawyers is the section dealing with statistics on judicial processing of defendants at the state and federal level. Tables have source notes and footnotes.
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Uniform Crime Reports for the United States. Popularly known as Crime in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1930 to date. Annual.
    Call Number: D,USG J1.14/7:year
    Presents statistics about crimes reported to nearly 17,000 state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies. Detailed tables cover types of crimes, crime rates, use of weapons in criminal activities, number of arrests, and number of law enforcement employees in towns, cities, and rural area. Data cover cities and towns with populations of 10,000 or more.

U.S. Statistics Government Portals

    This website is designed to provide access and descriptive information on how to download open  datasets produced by the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. It provides an apps showcase.
  • U.S. Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy. FEDSTATS.
    This web site, created by the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy, provides access to the publicly available statistical data created by 100 federal agencies. One important feature is the topical index A-Z that gives the user quick links to federal statistics on a wide range of subjects. Another feature is the "Statistical Reference Shelf" tab, which links to major U.S. government reference sources issued by various federal agencies such as the Statistical Abstract, Digest of Education Statistics, and Health, United States.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: This site provides access to BLS data and research papers as well as recent economic statistics and regional BLS information.
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census Homepage.
    This web site, developed by the Census Bureau, allows the user to search the 2000 Census of Population using the American FactFinder interface, the yearly American Community Survey and the 1997 Economic Census data and create individualized tabulations for different geographic areas.


  • ProQuest Statistical Insight Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community Indexes statistical information from a variety of sources, including the United States government, research firms, trade associations, university studies, and international agencies.
  • Statistical Datasets Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community
    Also available from the Pritzker Legal Research Center's Conduct Research page.
    Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides easy access to an extensive repository of standardized and structured statistical data. The Data-Planet repository contains more than 90 billion data points from more than 65 source organizations. The over two billion time series in Data-Planet provide immediate access to data presented in charts, maps, graphs, and table form.

State Statistics

International Statistics

    Pulls together comparative statistics from over 250 countries and political units from the CIA World Factbook and other authoritative information sources.
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