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Government Information Sources: United States

Statistical Sources

Open source data from U.S. Government sources

United States Census Bureau

The Leading source of high-quality data about the Nation's people and economy

Census Interactive

See especially the American Community Survey

Statistical Abstract of the United States (ceased 2011)

The authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Library also has 1937-2010 at C 3.134 in Government Documents

Frequently Used Sources by Topic


U.S. Global Change Research Program

Criminal Justice
Bureau of Justice Statistics 

Statistical information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government

National Center for Education Statistics

Data for public schools, public school systems; limited data on private schools by state, county, individual school or school district.

Energy Information Administration

Data, reports, forecasts, analytical content, and documentation; as tools for user-customized data queries.

Healthcare Costs and Insurance
U.S. Census Bureau

From Current Population Surveys, American Community Survey, and Survey of Income and Program Participation

Agency for Healthcare Cost and Utilization [DHHS]

National Health Care Disparities Report

Immigration (Department of Homeland Security)

See especially Yearbook of Immigration Statistics for Detailed Annual Tables

Core reports on immigrants by legal status. Also quantitative studies and research on immigration.

Poverty, Income, Health Insurance
U.S. Census Bureau

Public Welfare Programs
Social Security Research, Statistics, and Policy

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Office of Family Assistance

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Programs (SNAP, WIC, etc.)

Bureau of Labor Statistics