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ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States
The basic databook for U.S. national-level statistics.
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1878-2012
Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
Access to data from more than 70 organizational sources. Most data series focus on recent years and a few prior decades, although some data series extend back to the 19th century. Rutgers-restricted Access

Census of Governments

Census of Governments: Federal, State, and Local Governments
Covers government organization, public employment, and government finance. Most data available back to 1992.

City Fiscal Conditions

City Fiscal Conditions in 2021
Annual report on the fiscal condition of cities with populations of 10,000 of more from the National League of Cities. Based on a national mail and email survey of finance officers in U.S. cities.

County Business Patterns

County Business Patterns
Number of establishments, total payroll, and Mid-March Employment by Industry Classification. Data by county, zip code, and MSA.

U.S. Demographics
Search to access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Crime and Law Enforcement

Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics Database
Data for city and county statistics from 1985 through the most recent year available. Includes city jurisdictions with populations of 10,000 or more and county agencies of 25,000 or more. Includes statistics for violent crime (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft).
Police Departments in Large Cities, 1990-2000
Trends from 1990 to 2000 in police departments serving U.S. cities with 250,000 or more residents. Data on the number of sworn and civilian personnel, female and minority representation among sworn personnel, officer salaries, officer training and education requirements, operating budgets, UCR crime rates, computers and information systems, types of equipment used, type and number of vehicles, and types of special units. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, May 2002.
Criminal Justice Statistics
Rutgers guide.


Education Demographic and Geographic Estimites
2010 Census, Census 2000 and Census 1990 demographic data about children and their living environment, by school district, as well as demographic data from the American Community Surveys. Includes database which allows you to either generate tables for a single school district, or compare your district to another school district.
Census of Governments: Public Education Finances
Revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets of elementary and secondary public school systems. Site includes downloadable tables


TranStats: The Intermodal Transportation Database
Index to "over 100 transportation-related data bases across every mode of transportation - with many social and demographic data sets that are commonly used in transportation analysis." From the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

New Jersey Municipalities

New Jersey Data Book
Demographic, fiscal, geographic, school and political data on New Jersey’s counties, towns and legislative districts. Requires registration.

New Jersey State Data Center

State Data Center Data compiled by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.


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