This is your guide to locating statistical information on the web, in the library, and in library databases. If you are looking for information on the mathematical field of statistics, try the Math Library Guide.
This is a publication of the US Census Bureau. It provides a wide access of demographic and socioeconomic information about the US. You can find this book AT the reference desk, so ask a librarian if you want to see it.
"the definitive report on the overall well-being of all Americans. How are Americans doing--compared to one another and compared to the rest of the world? This important, easy-to-understand, illustrated guide will provide all of the essential information on the current state of America."
Contextualizes a broad range of quality-of-life data from the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Looks at fifteen livability categories: agriculture, crime and law enforcement, defense, economy, education, employment and labor, energy and environment, geography, federal government finances, state and local government finances, health, households and housing, population, social welfare, and transportation.
"The 100 plus tables in this reference list national average wages, investment yields, prices of staple foods per pound, and prices advertised for clothing, appliances, business equipment, education, entertainment, furniture, household products, cars, sporting goods, toiletries, medical products, toys, and travel."
Compiles key data from the US Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, and the Federal Reserve Board. Designed to provide statistics as well as the stories behind them.
"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for world entities." You can create tables which compare countries of the world side-by-side on a number of variables.
California statistics are available in the categories of business and economics, government and finance, education, community, energy and the environment, health and socioeconomics, population and demographics, census, and politics and public opinion. Most data are available at the state, county, city, and zip code levels.
A nonprofit started in Sweden, Gapminder aims to bring statistics to life - particularly those having to do with sustainability issues. They pull statistics from a variety of sources (which they always attribute), and use their Trendalyzer software to illustrate the interrelation of the information in graphical form. You can download raw statistical data or use their tables. Requires updated version of Flash.
Published by the World Bank, this is a great source for country research. You can view statistics by geographical region of the world on 21 major topics... from the current year back to 1978. Most information relates to trade, poverty, health, finance, agriculture, and education.
When researching online, you may find it helpful to use directory sites. Directory sites act as search portals, and they consist of sites selected and screened by (usually) subject experts. It's a great way to search the web while filtering out a lot of "noise." You will have more success locating statistics produced and gathered by "official" sources when using directory sites as search portals.
A couple of good directory sites to try are Google Directory and the Internet Public Library. You can try searching them below.