U.S. Statistical Abstract

Often overlooked in the scramble to find data, the Statistical Abstract of the United States is one of the best places to start looking for information. Since 1878, the Statistical Abstract has been the place to go for social, political, and economic statistics on the  United States.

In addition to serving as a source of data, the Statistical Abstract includes a comprehensive guide to other data sources (Appendix 1).

Although the emphasis in the Statistical Abstract is primarily on national data, many tables present data for regions and individual states and a smaller number for metropolitan areas and cities.

Historical data and state rankiings are also easily accessible through the Abstract.