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Statistics & Data for the Social Sciences: A Guide

Guide to locating data sets commonly used by social scientists and other researchers on a wide range of topics.

Major U.S. Government Statistical Agencies

There are hundreds of U.S. Government agencies and departments that publish their own "official" statistics. If you need a specific agency's statistical data, go to USA.gov, the U.S. Government's official portal for all agency and departmental information and data available on the web. Locate your specific agency using the A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.

These directories will help you locate the U.S. government agency that may provide the specific data or statistics you need.

Select Guide to U.S. Agencies providing Statistics & Data


For more ways to access and analyze data from the U.S. Census Bureau, select the U.S. Census from the menu on the left.


Non-governmental sources of data

The following data sources are not produced by any agency of the U.S. government, but may be of interest for the study or housing and populations.

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Commercial Databases

These subscription databases include statistics and data from the U.S. government.

Stats about U.S. Congress