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Sources for statistics about the State of Michigan.
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Statistical Reference Books

Citizen's Research Council Almanac
Publication Date: 2008
The Citizens Research Council of Michigan is a privately funded, not-for-profit public affairs research organization.

CQ's state fact finder - Congressional Quarterly Inc.
Call Number: HN60 .C68
Reference, 1 East

Michigan Statistical Abstract - Michigan Employment Security Commission
Call Number: HA441 .M53
Reference Desk, 1 Center
Although outdated this book still points to relevant sources of information and provides historical facts.

Profiles of Michigan - Grey House Pub.
Call Number: HT123.5.M5 P76
Latest edition in Reference, 1 East
Includes county and place profiles, rankings and comparisons. Sections on education, ancestry, Hispanic population, Asian population, climate, and demographic and reference maps.

State Rankings - Morgan Quitno Corp.
Call Number: HA203 .U17
Reference Desk, 1 Center

Regional Resources

  • Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
    Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. The TCRPC supports the region of mid-Michigan by planning for and coordinating intergovernmental solutions to growth-related problems, providing technical assistance to local governments and meeting the needs of communities across the region.
  • Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments
    Your connection to information on Southeast Michigan. Access interactive databases and mapping applications featuring demographic, transportation, economic, land use, and public safety information.
  • Data Driven Detroit
    Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making to strengthen communities in Southeast Michigan.
  • Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
    This web page provides access to statistics for the counties, townships, cities, villages and schools located in northwest lower Michigan; some data for the entire State of Michigan, and links to other Internet-based data sources.
  • Northeast Michigan Council of Governments
    GIS and Census data for Alcona county, Alpena county, Cheboygan county, Crawford county, Montmorency county, Oscoda county, Otsego county, and Presque Isle county.
  • West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission
    The WMSRDC is a federal and state designated regional planning and development agency serving 127 local governments in Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and northern Ottawa Counties.
  • East Michigan Council of Governments
    Serving the Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac, Tuscola Counties, and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.


Sources of statistical information are held throughout the Michigan State University Libraries. This guide is not comprehensive; rather, it provides information on a selection of some of the most important general sources. Although most of the materials listed below are located in the Government Documents Library (Main Library, 3 West), some materials are located in other Library locations. Selected WWW resources are also included. Please ask at the Main Library Reference Desk (floor 1 Center) if you need further assistance.


General Sources

These statistical reference books and online tools from the U.S. Census Bureau provide an excellent starting point for finding both general and topical statistical tables about Michigan.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
The first source for statistics on all aspects of population, economy and society in the United States. Annual publication 1878-present.  Although emphasis in the Statistical Abstract is primarily given to national data, many tables present data for regions and individual states and a smaller number for metropolitan areas and cities.  Also available in print (1878-present).

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book
Features more than 1,500 data items for the United States and individual states, counties and metropolitan areas from a variety of sources.  Information in the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book covers the following topical areas: age, agriculture, births, business establishments, communications, construction, cost of living, crime, deaths, education, elections, employment, energy, finance, government, health, households, housing, immigration, income, manufactures, marriages and divorces, media, natural resources, population, poverty, race and Hispanic origin, residence, retail sales, science and engineering, social services, tourism, transportation, and veterans.  Also available in print.

County and City Data Book
The most comprehensive source of information about the individual counties and cities in the United States. It includes data for all U.S. states, counties, and cities with a population of 25,000 or more.  Information in the County and City Data Book covers the following topical areas: age, agriculture, births, business establishments, climate, construction, crime, deaths, earnings, education, elections, employment, finance, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, race and Hispanic origin, social services, and water use.  Also available in print.

County and City Data Books Online (University of Virginia Library)
This resource provides access to the 1944 through 2000 County and City Data Books. This service provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets (subsets only available for 1988-2000).


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Statistical Indexes & Databases

  • Major Statistical Indexes & Databases
    Link to guide with descriptions of the major multidisciplinary subscription statistical indexes and databases at the MSU Libraries
  • Data-Planet
    This is a powerful interdisciplinary database that assembles statistical information from government and private sources in one single interface.
  • Statista
    Statista is a statistics portal that provides data on over 80,000 topics from more than 10,000 different sources including agriculture, advertising, health, hospitality, consumer goods, and much more.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    Indexes and abstracts statistical publications from the US government, state governments, international organizations, and professional associations.

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