Data & Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.  The BLS provides statistics on employment, unemployment, pay & benefits, as well as other economic indicators.  The BLS also offers a list of prepared tables and user-customized tables by subject here.

Established in 1962, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world's largest archive of digital social science data. ICPSR acquires, preserves, and distributes original research data and offers access to publications based on its data. The data holdings cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political attitudes, crime, and substance abuse.   

To search for specific variables across multiple studies, check out the Social Science Variables Database of the ICPSR.

U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau serves as a leading source of data about the people and economy of the United States.  Data is organized by topic including: Age and Sex; Educational Attainment; Families and Living Arrangements; Health Insurance; Income; Labor Force Statistics; Population Estimates; Poverty; Race; Same Sex Couples; School Enrollment; Veterans and Wealth and Asset Ownership.

The U.S. Census Bureau also offers data tools such as: The American FactFinder (provides statistics from the Economic Census, the American Community Survey, and the 2010 Census); QuickFacts (provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state, county, and city level); and Easy Stats (quick and easy access to selected statistics collected through the American Community Survey).

Social Explorer
Easy and useful interactive demographic maps and tables based on a subset of socio-economic and demographic data collected by the census.
An open, online map layering race and income data across the United States that allows you to analyze and visualize neighborhood’s socioeconomic shifts. Using data pulled by the U.S. Census Bureau, the comprehensive high resolution map features the breakdown of race by block, county, census, and block group, while household income data are available by county or census tract. 

Survey Research Center @ the University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley's principal archive of digitized social science data and statistics. Topics (listed on the right-hand side of the screen) include: census data tools; population & demographics; geography, mapping tools & environment; health, injury & life events; education & youth; economics & labor; welfare, social services & poverty; immigration; political behavior & attitudes; social institutions, culture & behavior.

Population Reference Bureau (PRB) DataFinder
U.S. and international data on topics such as demographics, education, health, and economic well-being. increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government.

World Incomes Database
Data on the distribution of incomes and wealth for over 20 countries using tax records.

Recession Trends
The Recession Trends initiative, a collaboration between the Russell Sage Foundation and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, is dedicated to monitoring the social and economic fallout of the ongoing downturn. The Recession Trends initiative offers a simple-to-use Graphing Utility that provides customizable graphs and tables on the key trends in domains such as income, wealth, and debt; housing; poverty; social safety net; state budgets; education; and crime.

This site "aims to be your portal into all things online related to the income and wealth gaps that so divide us, in the United States and throughout the world."

University of Michigan Population Studies Center
Lists datasets on families, abortion, civil rights, and health and links to other resources related to maps and geography.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States
This resource, published since 1878, is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Sections include: Population; Income; Births & Deaths; and Labor Force.

General Social Survey
The General Social Survey (GSS) conducts research on the structure and development of American society with a data-collection program designed to both monitor societal change within the United States and to compare the United States to other nations.

To search for specific GSS variables across studies, check out Survey Documentation and Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley.

Historical Statistics of the United States
A source of quantitative evidence on the economic, social, political, demographic, and institutional history of the United States. Access data and essays on topics such as population characteristics, household composition, health, economic inequality, public assistance, national economic performance, elections, and law enforcement (see table of contents).

The Philadelphia Neighborhood Information System (NIS) is a family of interactive applications that allow you to find information about Philadelphia neighborhoods.  Here are two of their publicly-accessible, web-based, geographic data applications:

NeighborhoodBase contains mapping, reporting and data analysis tools. Users can access, analyze and map data in eight categories (census data, land use, property ownership, housing characteristics, vacancy and abandonment indicators, real estate sales, property tax and revenue, and utility information) at various geographic units  (eg. NIS neighborhoods, zip codes, census tracts, census block groups).

CrimeBase allows users to create maps, charts, and tables based on police department and census data at various geographic units (eg.  NIS Neighborhoods, Zip Codes, Census Tracts, Census Block Groups, Police Districts)

Community Health Data Base (CHDB)
Data findings and reports about mortality, population characteristics, health insurance coverage, internet access, and health status of residents in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Division of Vital Statistics – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Contains data files (including Birth, Mortality Multiple Cause, and Fetal Death) as well as data access tools.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
The mission of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology.  Data are available on topics such as corrections, crime and delinquency, drugs & alcohol, homicide, and victimization.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Presents a broad spectrum of criminal justice data from more than 100 sources in 6 sections: (1) Characteristics of the criminal justice systems; (2) Public attitudes toward crime and criminal justice-related topics; (3) Nature and distribution of known offenses; (4) Characteristics and distribution of persons arrested; (5) Judicial processing of defendants; (6) Persons under correctional supervision.

Data Analysis Tools offered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
This area of the BJS website offers links to several online data analysis tools that allow users to generate tables, graphs, and spreadsheets regarding arrests, juvenile crime, violent and property crime, recidivism rates, and other topics.

Data collections of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Data tables organized by topic including: corrections, courts, type of crime, employment, federal, law enforcement, and victims.

Justice Atlas of Sentencing & Corrections
The Justice Atlas is an interactive mapping tool that displays incarceration and re-entry patterns.

Sociological Images
Presents brief sociological discussions of compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry. For quick and easy overview of SocImages material, visit their Pinterest Account.  Some of the categories are Social Construction; Racial/Ethnic Objectification; Heteronormativity; and Gendered Parenting and Housework.

WomanStats Project: Database and Maps
The WomanStats Project collects data on all countries with a population greater than 200,000--a total of 174 countries. The information available ranges from data on domestic violence to female landownership to political participation. The database is available to the public for free, and simply requires first-time users to register.   In addition, the WomanStats Projects has created world maps that represent various aspects of the situation of women worldwide.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) created as a primary resource for easily downloadable women-centered data (in Excel).  Data presented here include IWPR's annual state-by-state report card series on women’s progress in the United States in areas such as political participation, employment and earnings, social and economic autonomy, health and well-being, and reproductive rights

The National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

Pew Hispanic Center
The Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation.  The Pew Hispanic Center conducts and commissions studies on a wide range of topics and provides public data regarding trends in population growth, income, school enrollment, immigration, voting, public opinion, and employment for Latinos.  

GEO Data Portal - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The GEO Data Portal is the authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its online database holds more than 450 different variables as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like climate, economy, education, health, population, and urbanization. Users can display data as graphs, tables, or download the data in different formats.

Global Health Observatory (GHO) of the World Health Organization (WHO)
The GHO data repository provides access to over 50 datasets on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity among others.

World Bank Data & Research
The World Bank provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data on climate change, labor & social protection, economic policy & external debt, poverty, education, public sector, social development, gender, and urban development.

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community which features numerous databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points covering themes including crime, education, employment, energy, environment, health, and population.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Access data related to UNESCO's fields of action: education, literacy, science and technology, culture and communication. Data is available as predefined tables  (prepared to address popular data requests; custom tables (build your own table for greater flexibility); profiles (for easy access to key statistics and indicators) and global rankings (compare countries in a specified region according to key indicators in several fields).

Polling the Nations
Polling the Nations is a compilation of more than 18,000 surveys conducted by over 1,700 polling organizations in the United States and 100 other countries from 1986 to the present time. Each of the 600,000 records reports a question asked and the responses given. Also included in each record is the polling organization that conducted the work, the date the interviews were conducted, the release date of the information, the sample size and the universe.

Pew Global Attitudes Project
This project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day. Nearly 300,000 interviews in 59 countries have been conducted as part of the project’s work.  Datasets are organized by name and date.