Statistics provide an interpretation of data that has been collected and analyzed. Statistics are made available either in print or electronic format by both governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The following information will provide a starting point for finding statistics in books, journal articles and on the web. In addition, you will find links to agencies and associations in both the Government Information and Pathfinders sections of this website that may lead you to data in specific subject areas.
Finding Books with Statistics
To find statistical sources using the Case online library catalog, do a keyword search combining terms related to your topic with the word statistics. (For example: alcoholism statistics, Hispanic statistics, substance abuse statistics,etc.)
Or do a subject search using Library of Congress subject headings using one of the following formats (Subject heading followed by the word “statistics”).
- Children — Statistics
- Hispanic Americans — Statistics
- Ohio — Statistics
- Older people — United States — Statistics
- Social service — Statistical Methods
- United States — Statistics
Case/OhioLINK Statistical Databases
The following two statistical databases are available to Case and OhioLINK affiliates. They can be used to find statistics on a range of topics at the international, national and state level.
This database can be accessed through the Case or OhioLINK Research Databases list. It covers federal statistics from early 1960s. Statistical information from government and other sources; index and abstracts for statistical reports from the U.S. federal government are included.
This database can be accessed through the OhioLINK Research Databases list. It is a service of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and delivers vital economic, business, and international trade information produced by the U.S. government.
This publication of the United Nations Development Programme provides comparative data for 174 countries in such areas as demographics, crime, gender gaps in employment and education, nutrition and many other topics. The report is in PDF format. [Hardcopy also available in the Harris Library.]
This database allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the member states of the United Nations. You can compare up to seven countries at any one time.
This page on the U.S. Census Bureau website lists statistical agencies by country.
This is the site of Canada’s National Statistical Agency. The agency collects information in three broad subject areas: demographic and social, socio-economic and economic. The site allows you to search by keyword or under a number of main themes. It also includes links to other Canadian information resources.
This web page, which is part of the “Statistics Sweden” site, provides links to government statistics for Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Australia and Oceania. It also connects to websites of various international organizations.
This section of the Documents Center site links to information from the statistical agencies of a large number of foreign governments.
Published by the CIA, the World Factbook offers statistical and other information by country. Provides data on geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation and the military.
National Websites (General)
Access to statistical information produced by over 100 federal government agencies. The site allows you to search by keyword or agency.
Local Census is a completely free website providing statistical information about the United States. The information covers various aspects of national, state, city, county and zipcode levels and a wide variety of topics.
This is the electronic version of this classic government publication. This title is also available through the Case Research Databases. The current edition is in PDF as well as Excel Spreadsheet Format. If you don’t have Excel on your computer you can download the free Excel viewer available from Microsoft. Some sections as well as earlier editions are Adobe Acrobat PDF Files and you must have the Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view them. (Hard copy also available in the Harris Library.)
If you need information about the 2010 Census then this is the place to go. There is also data collected from the Census 2000 and the 1990 census along with accompanying household surveys that supplement the census data. Subjects A-Z allows you to search for statistics by topic. Click here for a selected list of links to specific subsets of the U.S. Census Bureau website that provide information on specific populations or subject areas
A guide to statistical resources on the web divided into subject areas such as demographics, education, foreign governments, health, politics and sociology.
This web site will direct the user to the ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) data sets. The data sets are collected from individual researchers, polling agencies, and government and international agencies. The data sets cover research areas in the fields of economics, political science, psychology, criminal justice, education, foreign policy, law, public heath, social work, urban affairs and more. As a student, faculty or staff member at Case Western Reserve University, you are authorized to access ICPSR data. This web site is provided to Case through the University of Michigan. If you are a first time user you will be asked to register and to provide specific information.
National Websites (Subject Specific)
This link takes you directly to the section of the AOA site containing statistical information on older persons. Includes data on well-being, population and housing patterns, Native American elderly and the health of older people.
BJS collects, analyzes and publishes information and statistics on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, homicide trends, etc. It also includes links to state and Federal law enforcement information. The Crime & Justice Electronic Data Abstracts provide analyzed data in a spreadsheet format.
Includes data on employment/unemployment by metropolitan region and offers access to data series such as the Consumer Price Index. Includes a direct link to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse have merged to form this new site. This section of the site leads you specifically to publications, fact sheets and statistics on child abuse at the national level.
The official web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, this site offers access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment and education.
Produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this site provides alphabetical subject access to federal health-related statistics on the Web.
KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. The site includes access to most of the compiled data and data summaries that have been generated by the project. It also allows you to create graphs and charts from the data. Also included on the site are reports, working papers, and links to AECF Initiative Sites.
KIDS COUNT CENSUS is an online interface to help the user quickly and easily create, view and print reports. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has compiled indicators of child well-being from the 2000 U.S. Census both short form (Census SFI) and long form (Census SF3). You can gather information from geographic areas, produce summary profiles, generate ranking tables based on measures and type of geographic areas selected, and download raw data that can be tab-delimited text format for importing into most spreadsheets.
Information on this Department of Education site includes education projections, statistics and education indicators. Youth Indicators on children’s well-being can be obtained directly by going to http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/.
The site, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, and produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes data on infant and child health, pregnancy rates, diseases, births and deaths.
This link takes you to the JJ Facts & Figures section of the Office of Juvenile Justice site and provides statistics around issues of juvenile justice and delinquency.
Provides easy access to current Federal social statistics in the following areas: crime, demography, education and health.
Connects to the Office of Applied Studies and includes statistics generated from various research projects conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
This site can be used to obtain current poverty guidelines, research, and measurements, such as the 2010 HHS Poverty Guidelines.
This database is part of the Urban Institute’s project titled “Assessing the New Federalism.” It provides state statistical information on income security, health, child well-being, demographic, fiscal and political conditions and social services.
The Office of Strategic Research provides information by county on population, industries and economic data. Choose the county you are interested in from a map of Ohio found on the site. You must have the Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view the statistical tables.
Statistics on the Ohio educational system are scattered throughout the site in different categories. Use the Local Report Cards to get specific school district data.
This link takes you to the Data Warehouse that provides access to state and county summary level public health statistics from 1990 to the present.
Produced by the Ohio Job and Family Services Department this site includes information on Ohio unemployment, industry statistics and earnings.
The Public Assistance Monthly Statistics (PAMS) reports state and county information on Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services program areas covering child care, disability, food stamps, foster care and adoption, medicaid and OhioWorks First. Hardcopy from 1992-2002 is available in the Harris Library. [Click here to go to Library Catalog]
Local statistics are usually much more difficult to locate than those on the national level. Agencies may collect data on programs they manage or populations they serve, but unless that data needs to be reported to a government or licensing body, it will not often be published in a form that is easily accessible. The following selected sources provide access to some Cleveland area statistics.
The Center includes a number of local resources on their website including Cuyahoga County Community Profiles, Neighborhood Profiles: Cleveland, Economic and Social Indicators.
The City Planning Commission “aggregates Census Tracts into 36 Statistical Planning Areas (SPA). Each SPA is equivalent to a traditional neighborhood. A Neighborhood Fact Sheet compiles some of the most basic demographic information for a certain neighborhood.”–Website. Definitely check out these Cleveland Neighborhood Fact Sheets.
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (formerly The Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change) of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has created the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO) database to provide data for the entire 17 county Northeast Ohio region, or for specific neighborhoods within the region. Statistics for the following areas are included: population and housing census data, economic data, vital statistics, crime data from the Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Coroners and Juvenile Court and child maltreatment reports.
NODIS is part of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. This site provides data tables and area profiles for Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties in Ohio.
Prepared by City-Data.com this site lists the major cities (and suburbs) in the state of Ohio. Each city includes detailed local information with graphs and charts. If you need information about another state check out their main web page.
For more information on statistical sources also consult the Statistical Sources Tutorial.