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This guide shows you
information about where to locate U.S. Government Statistics, and the links
provide a variety of sources to help you get started with your research using
government statistical data.
This guide shows you information about where to locate U.S. Government Statistics, and the links provide a variety of sources to help you get started with your research using government statistical data.
The official online hub for U.S. Government information is USA.gov. A keyword search on USA.gov will retrieve hits from all branches, departments and agencies of the U.S. Federal Government. This is a good place to start if you do not know what department or agency generates the information you are interested in. However, you may have to sort through a large number of irrelevant retrievals to find the information.
A more efficient search can be conducted by searching the department or agency that produces the information you want. For example, when looking for US Government statistics the primary place to look is the US Census Bureau. It provides statistics on the makeup of the population of the U.S.A., economic statistics, and job statistics. Another good source is the 2010 Statistical Abstract which brings together statistics from various agencies into tables representing many characteristics of American life, including population, work, and economic characteristics.
All government entities produce statistics. If you cannot find the statistics you are looking for at the US Census Bureau site, then think about what department or agency would be interested in the subject you are researching and go there to search. For example, by using the many tables in the 2010 Statistical Abstract, you will be able to locate a variety of statistical data for a wide range of subjects that are related to the U.S. population.
Reference and Digitization Librarian
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Southwestern Oklahoma State University
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