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Data and Statistics: General Sources

General Sources - World

The major benefit of the Gapminder site is Gapminder's ability to quickly and easily visualize data, particularly correlations and changes over time.

World Bank Data

Formerly the World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance. Hundreds of economic and social indicators, with 40 years of data for some series, for every country in the world.

UN Data

Search statistical data gathered by 15 UN agencies, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Data Hub

Cross-search publicly available data sets. Includes data sets from around the world, with the strongest coverage in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. A project of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Statistics - National Agencies and Compendia

A list of links to the Web sites of the national statistics-gathering agencies for all of the countries in the world, maintained by the Vanderbilt University Libraries.

Asian Development Bank

Economic, financial and social indicators for countries in Asia.


The statistical office of the European Union. Economic, demographic, social, and other statistics.

Inter-American Development Bank

Economic, social, and political data for Latin America and the Caribbean.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Statistics and data on a wide range of topics, including the economy, demographics, health, crime, education, science and technology, and transportation, for countries in Europe, North America, and Central Asia.

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Social, economic, environmental, demographic, and technology-related statistics.

United Nations Statistical Databases

Several databases of demographic information, plus databases on disability, oil, the Millennium Indicators, and more.

Guardian Data Store

Data on demographics, the economy, education, etc. in the United Kingdom. Also includes some international data. Maintained by the Guardian newspaper.

General Sources - US

Searchable catalog of data available from the U.S. federal government.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Over 1000 tables of statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Tables are available in PDF and Excel formats only.


Reference Books


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