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US Census Bureau
Provides a wide range of information about the population. Use the Browse by Topic section to find information on education, families and living arrangements, fertility, income, marriage and various other subjects. Use the Explore Census Data search tool to to find data in tables, maps, and other visualizations; topics in the Advanced Search option include education, employment, race and ethnicity, and much more
Use the links under "Find Data and Statistics from the Government" to view statistics from many different federal agencies.
Statistical Abstracts of the United States
A compilation of important and useful data from several government agencies on a wide range of topics. The web version has selected features, including USA Statistics in Brief and State Rankings. The government stopped producing the Statistical Abstracts in October 2011, relying on data through the Census Bureau website instead.
Public Religion Research Institute
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts research on religion as it relates to social and political issues and trends in the United States. Topics include immigration, law & criminal justice, LGBTQ+ issues, politics & elections, race & ethnicity, and religion & culture.
The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac
Call Number: Q. 378.73 C468 SSHEL, Main Stacks, and Oak Street
Publication Date: 1988-
Prepared by the editors of the Chronicle of Higher Education, this almanac provides numerous statistics in three sections: nation, states, and enrollment by race.
Digest of Education Statistics
(published by NCES) Compilation of American education statistics from prekindergarten through graduate school. It’s possible to view the full text or tables by year, level of education and / or education topics.
National Center for Education Statistics
Great starting place for various statistics about education in the United States. NCES Fast Facts organizes data by topic and education level. Look at each area and their sub-categories. NCES Surveys & Programs has links to more detailed reports about specific subjects or education level. Common Core of Data collects information about public schools, school districts and state education agencies. The Condition of Education is an annual report that discusses important developments and trends in education.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics: Education
Includes data from over 200 countries and territories and covers all education levels (prekindergarten to university). Also available in print.
Families, Marriage & Divorce
Marriage & Divorce (US Census Bureau)
Excellent information about marriage and divorce from the American Community Survey (ACS), Current Population Survey (CPS), Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and the Decennial Census.
Families & Living Arrangements (US Census Bureau)
Characteristics of households and families with detailed tables. Data is collected annually.
National Center for Health Statistics
Includes information about health and insurance, but also has information about marriage and divorce.
FastStats: Statistics by Topic
The FastStats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.
National Survey of Family Growth
Provides statistics and datasets about family life, marriage, divorce, and related health issues. Offered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Data about income, spending, unemployment, and employment.
Current Population Survey
The Current Population Survey is a joint effort between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of the Census to collect, analyze and disseminate information on labor force characteristics in the United States for policy makers, legislators, researchers and students. The site is searchable and also provides links to related surveys and supplements.
Diversity in Other Countries
The World Factbook
Wide range of information and statistics about countries around the world
Demographic Yearbook - Annuaire Demographique
Annual United Nations compilation of international demographic information for 230 geographic areas of the world. Topics covered include population, natality, mortality, marriage and divorce.
Library of Congress Country Studies
Diversity information of all types, e.g., race, ethnicity, language, religion, etc., for individual countries outside the United States. Published in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the information is useful for historical background.
United Nations Statistical Division
Start here first for international statistics. The UN collects, analyzes and disseminates a wide range of statistical information to the general public. Links to information on statistical methods, links to data and reports, and other sources. See the site UNdata for UN statistical databases.
Racial / Ethnic Specific Statistics
Black Americans : a Statistical Sourcebook
Call Number: 305.896073 B5622
Publication Date: 2009
Provides data and tables focusing on demographics and populace characteristics; vital statistics and health; education; government, elections, and public opinion; crime, law enforcement and corrections; labor & employment; income, poverty, and wealth.
Hispanic Americans: A Statistical Source Book
Call Number: 305.8680021 H629 Main Reference
Publication Date: 1991-2009
Provides data and tables focusing on demographics; social characteristics; household and family characteristics; education; government and elections; the labor force, employment and unemployment; earnings, income, poverty and wealth; crime and corrections; and special topics.
Religious and Other Group Specific Statistics
World Religion Database This link opens in a new window
The World Religion Database (WRD) contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It provides source material, including censuses and surveys, as well as best estimates for every religion to offer a definitive picture of international religious demography. It offers best estimates at multiple dates for each of the world’s religions for the period 1900 to 2050.
PRRI 2020 Census of American Religion
Features charts and graphics detailing the American Religious Landscape in 2020. Data and information on other topics related to religion can be found on the PRRI homepage.
HINT: The US Census Bureau releases many reports about racial ethnic groups. You can find these reports by searching Google. Many of these reports are PDFs and you can limit your search by file type. For example, Hispanic US Census filetype:pdf . Change the racial ethnic group to match your research needs and add other keywords if necessary (e.g. marriage, education, etc.)