Locate the U.S. government department or agency you wish to look up. State and municipal governments also collect and retain statistics data. For further information, contact your state or municipal government: they should be able to provide you with reliable information on national figures.
National Center for Statistics and Census Data (NCSD) - http://www.census.gov/
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - http://www.bls.gov/
United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) - http://bea.gov/
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - http://usda.gov/
United States Department of Defense (DoD) - http://www.defense.gov/index.aspx
United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) - http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/
United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) - http://www.sec.gov/
Sources of Statistics
Where can I get demographic information about my neighborhood?
The Population Estimates web page contains population estimates prepared by the United States Census Bureau for the United States, states, counties, and cities or towns. The Population Forecasts web page contains future projections for the United States. The site offers data in various time periods, ranging from five years to 50 years into the future.
The Census Bureau's website is www.census.gov. On this site you will find information on how to participate in the census, statistics about the American people, maps, historical data, and more.
State population figures are available from many sources, including the Census Bureau, the US Department of Commerce, the US Bureau of the Census, the Census of Governments, the American Community Survey (ACS), the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other government agencies and private organizations.
County population figures are provided by the Census Bureau and the Office of Management and Budget. County population totals represent an estimate of the number of persons living in each county on a particular day in July. Counties with populations between 1 million and 4 million are estimated by the Census Bureau based on a sample survey of housing units. Counties with populations greater than 4 million are estimated by the Census Bureau based on an enumeration of the population.
The Census Bureau releases population estimates and demographic components of change, such as births, deaths, and migration, every year. This information may be sorted by age, gender, and race, as well as national, state, and county location. The agency also collects economic data, including income, poverty, unemployment, and housing market statistics.
The Census Bureau has several agencies that collect different types of data. These include:
The American Community Survey (ACS) is a survey conducted by the Census Bureau for use by researchers, policy makers, and others who want to know more about what people do all day long, how they live their lives, and how these things change over time. It is conducted annually among a sample of the population.
The Census Bureau also conducts surveys of business establishments to learn how many businesses are in operation, where they are located, and what type of industry they represent. Called the Business Enterprise Surveys (BES), these surveys are completed monthly or quarterly by telephone interviewers working for commercial companies that pay to participate.
The Census Bureau gathers information on crime by conducting criminal justice activities authorized by Congress. These activities include: enforcing federal laws relating to elections, requiring states to provide equal treatment under the law, collecting statistical information on crimes committed, and financing research projects related to crime and justice policies.