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Federal Government Databases and Search Engines

General - links to government statistical sources - raw and geospatial datasets

  • Geospatial - web-based portal for access to maps, data, and other geospatial services.

Statistical Abstract (online) - 2011 edition; older in paper Docs C 3.134:  1893-2011

Key Departments

Census Bureau- see subpages and Easy Stats

Federal Reserve Economic Data - data and pulbications for US finance and trade

Bureau of Labor Statistics - extensive collection of statistics and reports broadly related to employment and economics

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) -collects and analyzes education data in the United States and other nations

National Science Foundation - status of science & engineering including education, employment, funding, policies.

Tax Statistics, Internal Revenue Service - The Statistics of Income (SOI) program produces data files compiled from tax and information returns filed with the IRS

TranStats U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Aimed at providing "one stop shopping" for transportation data. Explore by mode, subject, or agency. Includes a Mapping Center for viewing and analyzing data geographically.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change

  • USGS Water Data for the Nation -  access to water-resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.


Justice Statistics Bureau - crimes, criminal offenders and victims, justice system, related special topics

NCJRS Abstracts Database - summaries of publications on criminal justice, Federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research from the early 1970s to the present

Uniform Crime Reports - from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, nationwide statistics on crime from city, county, and state law enforcement agencies; some statistics are available back to 1995