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Black Studies: Interdisciplinary Archival Research: Finding Data

How Many Are There?

How many Americans identity themselves as white, black, or of mixed race? How many identify themselves as Latino, or Japanese, or Irish, or some other ethnic group? Check the Census Bureau's Factsheet for a Race, Ethnic, or Ancestry Group.


PolicyMap allows you to download and map data relating to demographics, housing, income, crime, mortgages, health, jobs, manufacturing, supermarket access, and more. Includes data sets from over 150 public and proprietary sources

City of Newark Open Data

City of Newark Open Data. Open portal for depositing data relating to Newark. Everything from abandoned properties, absenteeism and graduation rates, Newark building footprints, and census tract job data to GPS snow plow locations, 4311 (non-emergency service) calls by neighborhood, turnstile data, and ward maps.


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

Basic Stats

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States
The basic databook for the United States. Primarily national-level statistics, but includes selected data for states and major cities.
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1878-2012

Residential Segregation

Diversity and Disparities: Residential Segregation
Calculate degrees of residential segregation, 1980-2010 for cities and metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). Part of the Diversity and Disparities Project at Brown University.
Racial and Ethnic Residential Segregation in the United States: 1980-2000
John Iceland, Daniel H. Weinberg, and Erika Steinmetz. Census 2000 Special Reports Washington, DC, August 2002.
Beyond Black and White: Metropolitan Residential Segregation in Multi-Ethnic America
John Iceland. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Meetings, Chicago, Illinois, August 16-19, 2002.
"Large-Scale Urban Riots and Residential Segregation: A Case Study of the 1960s U.S. Riots"
Noli Brazil. Demography 53(2), April 2016, 567-595.
Uses 1960s U.S. race riot data to investigate trends in black residential segregation levels following large-scale riot activity in seven major U.S. cities, Newark, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.. Rutgers-restricted Access

Crime and Justice

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
The most comprehensive compilation of data on all aspects of U.S. criminal justice. Most tables are reproduced exactly as they appeared in the original source, however, when possible latest data are combined with earlier data to show trends.
UCR [Uniform Crime Reports] Data Online
One of the two national measures of U.S. crime, the UCR is based on specific offenses reported to law enforcement agencies. This database lets you generate trends by state since 1960 and by local agency (usually a municipality) since 1985.
Arrest-Related Deaths, 2003-2009: Statistical Tables
Andrea M. Burch. Bureau of Justice Statistics. November 17, 2011.
Data on the circumstances of deaths that occur during, or shortly after, state or local law enforcement officers engage in an arrest or restraint process.
Police Behavior During Traffic and Street Stops, 2011
Lynn Langton, Matthew R. Durose. Bureau of Justice Statistics. September 24, 2013.
The characteristics and experiences of persons age 16 or older who were stopped by police during traffic and street stops, and their perceptions of police behavior and response during these encounters.
Police Use of Nonfatal Force, 2002-11
Shelley S. Hyland; Lynn Langton; and Elizabeth Davis. Bureau of Justice Statistics. November 14, 2015.
Data on the threat or use of nonfatal force by police against white, black, and Hispanic residents during police contact.
Fatal Force
The Washington Postdatabase of every fatal shooting in the United States by a police officer in the line of duty since Jan. 1, 2015, including location, race of the deceased, the circumstances of the shooting, whether the person was armed and whether the person was experiencing a mental-health crisis.
Federal Sentencing Statistics
Annual reports comparing federal sentencing statistics for each judicial district, judicial circuit, and state to the nation as a whole.


Digest of Education Statistics
Compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarden through graduate school. Include: the number of schools and colleges; teachers; enrollments; graduates; educational attainment; finances; federal funds for education; employment and income of graduates; etc.
Condition of Education
Annual report summarizing important developments and trends in education.
Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC).
From the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.The CRDC collects a variety of information including student enrollment and educational programs and services, most of which is disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency, and disability.


"An open-access clearinghouse for the collection of sexual orientation & gender identity data and measures."

Women in the Labor Force

Women in the Labor Force: A Databook.
Washington, D.C., U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015.
Historical and current labor force and earnings data.
Women of Color Their Employment in the Private Sector.
Washington, D.C., U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2003.
Trends in employment of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American women between 1990 and 2001.

Women in Politics

Center for American Women and Politics
Current and historical data on women office-holders and candidates, as well as data on the gender gap and voting patterns. The Center also makes available various reports on women candidates and elected officials.


Don't forget to check the Library Catalog for relevant subjects such as:
Heath and Race United States Statistics
Health of Black of African American non-Hispanic Population.
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Use the New Jersey State Health Assessment Data (NJSHAD) database to generate Newark (or other) health statistics tables.
NJ Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Data Query.
Create customized tables of NJBRFS prevalence estimates for selected risk factors stratified by age, sex, race/ethnicity, nativity, marital status, education, employment status, and geographic area of residence (NJ counties, Newark, and Jersey City).


Labor Force Statistics: Demographics
Demographic characteristics (age, educational attainment, race and hispanic ethnicity, school enrollment, women, etc.) of the national labor force.
Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2016.
This report describes the labor force characteristics and earnings patterns among the largest race and ethnicity groups living in the United States—Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics—and provides detailed data through a set of supporting tables.

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