When you need additional numbers to back up your assertations. Statistics help shore up arguments and measure the extent of a social problem.
ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States
The first reference source for statistics on all aspects of the population, economy, and society of the United States.
This is a document compiled by the House Committee on Ways & Means that provides general information (including many numbers and statistics) on a variety of Federal social service programs.
MSU Libraries Data & Statistics Research Guides
Listing of all general and subject-specific research guides that point to relevant resources, both library subscription resources and freely available online resources.
Historical Statistics of the United States (Millennial Edition)
This new edition adds thirty years of data and contains coverage of topics that received little or no coverage in the 1975 edition: American Indians, slavery, poverty, race, and ethnicity. The electronic edition has been designed to give users a variety of means to search and navigate the vast amount of data in the Historical Statistics. Users will be able to graph individual tables or to combine data from different tables into "custom tables" and to download tables for use in spreadsheets and other applications.
The U.S. Census is a data collection program that provides data about the U.S. population. It is managed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Two main surveys make up the Census:
Conducted every 10 years beginning in 1790.
Attempts to count and collect basic data on the entire population.
From the 20th century it provides demographic and socio-economic statistics for population areas down to the block and neighborhood level.
Historically, detailed data was provided by giving a long form to a sample of the population.
Begining with Census 2010, the Decennial Census only collects the most basic demographic data.
The detailed data provided by the long form (sample questionnaire) is now available in the American Community Survey.
Replaces the long form (sample questionnaire) of the decennial census from 2010.
Collects statistics on detailed demographic and socio-economic characteristics.
Statistics are available for some geographic areas from the ACS beginnning in 2001.
Surveys are done in 1, 3, and 5 year increments.
1-year ACS estimates provide data for areas with populations of 65,000+ and have the smallest sample size.
Most current, but least reliable data.
3-year ACS estimates provide data for areas with populations of 20,000+.
5-year ACS estimates provide data for areas with populations of all sizes and have the largest sample size.
Least current, but most reliable data.
This is the official website of the U.S. Census Bureau.
American FactFinder is the database for accessing all different types of Census data.
The library subscribes to a number of different databases that repackage Census data. For example:
Policymap is an online data and mapping application that gives access to over 15,000 indicators related to housing, crime, mortgages, health, jobs, demographics and education.
The FactFinder Help documentation includes video tutorials. Access by clicking on the "Tutorials" table of contents link. These video tutorials provide a basic orientation to the data interface and cover the following topics: Quick Start, Topic Search, Search Using Geographies, Working with Search Results, Create a Map, Modify a Table, Transpose Rows and Columns, Bookmark and Download.