General Indexes and Compendia
If you are looking for statistics on a particular topic, begin with the sources listed below. They allow you to browse and search for statistics by topic and will often point you to the appropriate agency and/or publication.
- ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States (2013)
Earlier editions of the Statistical Abstract can be found on the Census Bureau's website.
- ProQuest Statistical Insight (1972-present)
- Data and Statistics: USA.gov (current)
- FedStats (current)
- Historical Statistics of the United States (1600-2000)
Principal Statistical Agencies
Another strategy is to look for statistical data on agency websites. Listed below are fifteen federal agencies that have major statistical programs. For information on funding and directives for federal statistical activities, consult Statistical Programs of the United States Government and United States Government Manual.