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Library Resource Guide for: STATISTICS AND DATA


American Religion Data Archive (ARDA) holds quantitative data on a variety of topics about religion in the United States, for example churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups.

CensusScope is a centralized database of US Census data, organized by type and content.

Center for Demography and Ecology is a research cooperative for social scientific demographic research.

Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive contains data on the arts and cultural policy in the U.S., pertaining to artists, arts and cultural organizations, audiences, and funding.

Department of Justice has data about crime.

Federal Bureau of Investigation maintains the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, which has crime data since the mid 1990s.

Gallup Poll is available in paper at the Library. This is a major survey done monthly that covers relevant themes of the time.

General Social Survey (GSS) includes U.S. data since 1972 about a large variety of question, from abortion to zodiac sign.

  • GSS Quick Tables contains some crosstabulations from GSS data.
  • ICPSR File has the compiled downloadable dataset from 1972 to the present.

Human Development Reports offers United Nations data pertaining development variables.

Historical Statistics of the United Statescontains historical demographic data for the U.S.

Inter-University Consortium on Political and Social Research (ICPSR) has a huge archive of 6,000 studies and 450,000 files covering many subjects, such as urban studies, the environment, social indicators, etc. and historical census data.

International Social Survey Program is a collection of surveys about many social topics, i.e. family, identity, work, government, from 39 countries since 1985. Data need to be ordered.

IPUMS International has 158 census samples from 55 countries, going back to the early 1970s for some countries.

Latin American Women in Numbers (Mujeres Latinoamericanas en Cifras) has voting, education and economic data about women in Latin American. Site is in Spanish.

IPUMS International has census data from 55 countries, 158 censuses, and 325 million person records going back to 1971 for some countries.

Minorities at Risk Project is a database that you must download and install. Data pertains to political, economic, and cultural dimensions of 284 politically active ethnic groups throughout the world.

The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) contains aggregate census data for the United States between 1790 and 2000.

NCCS Data Web maintained by the National Center for Charitable Statistics, offers a weath of data about the non-profit sector in the United States. Data include the Busines Master File (BMF), which has descriptive data on organizations registered with the IRS; IRS Return Transaction Files (RTF), which contains financial data for organizations that file IRS Forms 990, Form 990-EZ, or Form 990-PF; and IRS Statistics of Income Sample Files (SOI), which has 300 variables for 501(c)(3) organizations."

Odum Institute has extensive data sources for the social sciences, mainly public opinion polls, psychological data and North Carolina Data.

Pew Hispanic Center has done many surveys of the Latino community in the U.S. regarding political participation, education, culture, etc.

Pew Internet and American Life Project has survey data about Internet use, for example checking email and obtaining information online.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research 1930's-present; the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented. Also includes access to iPoll.

Social Explorer helps visual analysis and understanding of the demography of the U.S. through the use of interactive maps and data reports. Primary functions include Demographic Data Analysis, Interactive Map/Report Design and Software Development. The main goal is to visually display the demographic change that has occurred in the U.S. since 1790 through the present, for the country over all down to the level of the county. For more recent years, users can display areas as small as a neighborhood. Certain cities may even be displayed as far back as 1910. Toward this end, Social Explorer contains a collection of interactive demographic maps that can be viewed, queried and manipulated on the site.

U.S. Census Bureau contains a huge data set from the census in 2000. Downloadable numeric data is available and a map making service is provided for the data.

World Database of Happiness has survey data about happiness from over a 100 countries since 1946.

World Values Survey has data from four major surveys (1981, 1990, 1995 and 1999-2001) from many countries in the world. The survey asks dozen of questions concerning politics, gender issues, religion, economic inequality, etc. Survey data available through a World Values Survey search at ICPSR .