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Government Published Statistics: Federal

Basic sources of statistical information from federal, state, and intergovernmental agencies.

General information

Information from the Census Bureau

Print Resources in the Libraries

AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Statistics

Available in print since 1936, and also online from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.  This title covers agricultural production, supplies, consumption, facilities, costs and returns.  Some foreign country information is included.  Many tables include data for 10 or 15 years.

EDUCATION

Digest of Education Statistics

Available in print since 1975, and online since 1990 from the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics.  "The Digest's primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons." (preface of the 2011 edition)

ENERGY

Annual Energy Review

Available in print since 1982, and online since 1994 from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  "The Annual Energy Review (AER) is the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) primary report of annual historical energy statistics. For many series, data begin with the year 1949. Included are statistics on total energy production, consumption, trade, and energy prices; overviews of petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and international energy; financial and environment indicators; and data unit conversions." (preface of the 2010 edition)

HEALTH

Vital Statistics of the United States

Available in print since 1937.  This annual title includes extensive basic data and analysis on marriage, divorce, natality, fetal mortality, and mortality.  Data is available online for selected topics since 1890.

SCIENCE

Science and Engineering Indicators

Available in print since since 1985, and online since 1993.  Published biennially by the National Science Board, this series "presents information on science, mathematics, and engineering education at all levels; the scientific and engineering workforce; U.S. and international research and development performance; U.S. competitiveness in high technology; and public attitudes and understanding of science and engineering. A chapter on state-level science and engineering presents state comparisons on selected indicators. An Overview chapter distills selected key themes emerging from the report." (NSF web page)

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation Statistics Annual Report

Available in print for the years 1998 and 2000; available online since 1994.  "The Transportation Statistics Annual Report (TSAR), a congressionally mandated report, presents key transportation indicators along with data and information about the performance and impacts of the U.S. transportation system." (BTS web page)