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Learning to find and use statistics can be tough. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- National and even regional statistics on things like demographics are often going to be old. The census is only taken once every ten years, and smaller surveys may appear every three or five years. You'll find the most recent statistics in articles.
- Statistics are typically gathered from government sources, from companies like news agencies, or by academic researchers. Keep in mind who is garthering statistics and why when you consider using them. What biases might be involved?
- Many statistic sites will allow you to download tables and then manipulate them using software like excel. This can make it easy to find percentages and do other math. Can't figure out how? Ask a librarian!
Demographics & Statistics
In addition to these resources, keep in mind that you can often find statistics on more specific topics in academic articles and other studies, as well as in news articles and online.
Website from the US Census Bureau which allows for easier access to data from the census. Locate aggregated statistical information on people, housing, and businesses.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Summarized statistics on the American population, economy, and political environments from 1879 to 2012.
Created by the University of Michigan, allows you to view demographic trends based on 2000 Census data. The site uses colorful maps and charts to depict nationwide and state based statistical information.
Ohio County Profiles
Prepared by the Ohio Department of Development's Office of Strategic Research this web site contains data and analysis on the Economic, Industrial, and Demographic trends of the State of Ohio, its businesses and its people.
Campaign Finance Data
Campaign Finance Data from the Federal Election Commission.
National Crime Victimization Survey
Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics on the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States.
Uniform Crime Report
Statistics on crime from the FBI. Puts out four annual publications, Crime in the United States, National Incident-Based Reporting System, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and Hate Crime Statistics