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Quick guide to finding statistics and cross-national data. For more sources specific to the United States, click the tab for "United States Statistics" below.
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General Statistical Sources

These sources contain data and statistics on a broad range of topics.

  • UNdata
    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community. The numerous databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.
  • OECD Factbook 2011-2012: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics
    OECD’s dynamic and comprehensive statistical annual showing a wide range of key statistics for its member countries and major additional countries. For each indicator presented, there is explanatory text including a definition, explanation of long-term trends, and references; a table showing the indicator over a significant time span for all countries covered, and graphics showing the key messages contained in the data. Under each table is a link to an Excel spreadsheet enabling the user to access the data. This publication is available in print form, as an iPhone app, and in html form.
  • World Bank Data Catalog  
    World Bank's Open Data initiative provides access to World Bank data catalog listing of available resources. Each of the listings includes a description of the data source and a direct link to that source. Where possible, the databases are linked directly to a selection screen to allow users to select the countries, indicators, and years they would like to search. Topics include health, education, gender, science and technology, agriculture, energy, and aid effectiveness as well as economy and finance.
  • Statistics from A to Z (OECD)
    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides extensive list of indicators arranged by topic. Most can be downloaded as Excel files or are available as real-time data which can be downloaded as comma separated values files.
  • FAOSTAT Food and Agriculture Organization (UN)
    An online, multilingual database currently containing time-series records covering international statistics in: production, trade, food-balance sheets, food aid shipments, fertilizer and pesticides, land use and irrigation, forest and fishery products, agricultural machinery and population.
  • Integrated Public Use Microdata Series for Social and Economic Research (IPUMS-International)
    IPUMS-International is an effort to inventory, preserve, harmonize, and disseminate census microdata from around the world. The project has collected the world's largest archive of publicly available census samples. The data are coded and documented consistently across countries and over time to facillitate comparative research. IPUMS-International makes these data available to qualified researchers free of charge through a web dissemination system. Users must register, but data is free after registration.
  • Google Public Data Explorer
    The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate.

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