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ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States

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The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. is an annual statistical compendium considered generally the most comprehensive single source for U.S. statistics. The federal government issued it annually between 1878 and 2012, but ceased doing so due to budget cuts. Beginning with the 2013 edition, ProQuest publishes the online version and Bernan Press issues the printed one. Earlier years of the Statistical Abstract of the United States are located at

The wide range of topic includes:

  • Population
  • Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Education
  • Law Enforcement, Courts, and Prisons
  • Geography and Environment
  • Elections
  • State and Local Government Finances and Employment
  • Federal Government Finances and Employment
  • National Security and Veterans Affairs
  • Social Insurance and Human Services
  • Labor Force, Employment, and Earnings
  • Income, Expenditures, Poverty and Wealth
  • Prices
  • Business Enterprise
  • Science and Technology
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry, Fishing, and Mining
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Construction and Housing
  • Manufactures
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Transportation
  • Information and Communications
  • Banking, Finance and Insurance
  • Arts, Recreation and Travel
  • Accommodation, Food Services and Other Services
  • Foreign Commerce and Aid
  • Puerto Rico and the Island Areas
  • International Statistics

All tables include references to the original sources and many contain footnotes. Most information is from U.S. Government sources, but selected tables were extracted from non-government publications.

A guide to the Statistical Abstract is at

Dates Covered

Dates vary depending upon the topic. Excel files usually cover larger time periods than PDF displays. Consult Print Counterparts and Related Databases for to view historical timeframes beginning with the 1870's.

Print Counterpart

Datapedia of the United States, 1790-2005: America Year by Year (Bernan Press)
Lockwood Reference HA202 .K87 2001

Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present (Cambridge University Press)
Lockwood Reference HA202 .H57 2006
Five volumes deal with:

  • Population
  • Work and Welfare
  • Economic Structure and Performance
  • Economic Sectors
  • Governance and International Relations

New York State Statistical Yearbook (New York State Division of the Budget. Office of Statistical Coordination)
Lockwood HA541 .A27 (1967+; most recent in Reference)
Lockwood Documents NY BUD 955-3 NEWYS (1968+ with gaps)

Statistical Abstract of the United States (U.S. Bureau of the Census) (Published by Bernan Press beginning with the 2013 edition)
Architecture/ Planning Library HA 202 year (2000+ with gaps)
Lockwood Library HA 202 year (1878+ with gaps)
Lockwood Reference HA 202 year (1946+ with gaps)
Lockwood Documents (1957+ with gaps)

Statistical Yearbook (United Nations)
Lockwood HA12.5 .U63 (1948+; most recent in Reference)

UNESCO Statistical Yearbook

Related Databases

  • Data on the Net (University of California. San Diego) Search over 350 Web sites that include statistical data.
  • (General Services Administration. Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies) Attempts to facilitate the location and downloading of datasets prepared by the federal government. Metadata records are very well done.
  • Guides to Suggested Data Sources (University at Buffalo) UB librarians suggest starting points for locating statistics.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States Millennial Edition Online (Cambridge University Press ) Covers colonial times through the present.
  • Subjects A to Z (U.S. Bureau of the Census) Links to statistics about hundreds of topics.
  • UNdata (United Nations) A statistical portal that includes data published by many international agencies.
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) Information pertains to science and technology, education, communications, culture, and literacy for nations throughout the world.


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