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# Finding Statistics: Historical Statistics

How and where to find statistics on a variety of topics.

## The what and why of statistics

Statistics can help provide concrete examples of a larger trend, give the basis for an important chart or graph, or make theoretical arguments tangible.

There are two main branches of statistics:

• Descriptive--concerns the numerical or quantitative data alone, and can help draw conclusions about a sample, rather than a population.
• Inferential--concerns the conclusions drawn about an entire population which are infered through the results of a random sampling of a population

Be aware of bias in statistics! Numbers can be manipulated, and charts and graphs can be arranged to give a certain impression. Always double-check your facts!

## Historical Statistics

Historical Statistics

A list of places to begin research for historical statistics. Consider investigating your state's archives to supplement your research with more specific information.