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Sources for Social Science Statistics

US Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov) -- leading source of demographic, social and economic data about the nation's people and economy. For entry into the decennial census information, choose American Fact Finder from the left column, choose Data Sets from the left column, and use Decennial Census, Summary File 3.

American Community Survey (http://www.census.gov/acs/www/) -- U.S. census update by community. Information available by state and sometimes county but not yet by smaller census units such as block groups or zipcodes. (Click on Data Products.)

CensusScope (http://www.censusscope.org/) -- applications of census data through graphics, maps (including such things as distributions of elderly, family composition, grandparents as caregivers, regional diversity, language, industry), and rankings, created by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan. Features Segregation Exposure and Dissimilarity Measures for 1246 individual US cities with population exceeding 25,000 and for all metropolitan areas.

The Missouri State Census Data Center Program (http://mcdc.missouri.edu/websas/dp3_2kmenus/us/) – convenient tabular display of county data from the US census. Useful for comparisons.

Statistical Abstract of the US (http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/) -- tabular summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States since 1878. This site links to among others County and City Databook and US Counties for demographic, economic, and governmental data for multi-county comparisons or single county profiles

Fedstats (http://www.fedstats.gov/) -- gateway to statistics from most government agencies.

Vital Signs - 2006 – Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (http://www.bnia.org/indicators/index.html) -- 40 key outcome indicators that "take the pulse" of Baltimore neighborhoods by measuring progress toward common neighborhood results for strong neighborhoods, good quality of life, and a thriving city over time. The Vital Signs are organized into seven topic areas: Housing and Community Development (vacant houses, house values, diversity), Children and Family Health, Safety and Well-being, (domestic violence, juvenile crime, household income, lead levels, healthy births), Workforce and Economic Development (employment and businesses), Sanitation (clean streets, alleys, and yards), Urban Environment and Transit (parks and open space and transportation), Education and Youth (completion and dropout rates and MSA scores), and Neighborhood Action and Sense of Community (neighborhood groups and initiatives and voter participation). All data are available by CSA (community statistical area – neighborhood), census tract, and citywide.

Social Programs
Green Book 2004 - US House Ways and Means Committee (http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Documents.asp?section=813) -- updated data on major programs within the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s jurisdiction, as well as related programs and issues. Contains over 500 detailed tables and charts and spans more than 1,500 pages, providing detailed data on Medicare, Social Security, tax expenditures, trade, welfare, poverty, the elderly, and children and families, among other issues and programs.

Kids Count -- A Project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/) -- tracks the well-being and status of children in the U.S. on more than 75 measures of child well-being, including education, employment and income, poverty, health, basic demographics, and youth risk factors for all 50 states and D.C. and by city and county. Depending on availability, three to five years of trend data are currently available for most indicators.

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being (http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/) -- statistics and reports on children and families, including population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.

Child Welfare Information Gateway (http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/statistics) -- statistics and demographics on children and families in the United States, child abuse and neglect, child welfare services, children and youth in foster care, and domestic and international adoption.

Children’s Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org) -- information by nation and by state and also resources for action on child health, mental health, welfare, education, early childhood and youth development, child abuse, and “No Child Left Behind” for poor and minority children and those with disabilities. Click on “Data” for online publications.

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) (http://www.nccp.org) -- data by US and state on the economic security, poverty statistics by parental income, education, race, and residential area, health, child care, family stability, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children provided by the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting strategies to improve children’s lives.

Prevent Child Abuse America (http://www.preventchildabuse.org/index.shtml) -- limited, but otherwise difficult to find, statistics and reports, including definitions, of various types of child abuse. Select “Research” or “Publications” from their homepage. State comparisons. Registration required for full text. (When you register, you receive your password in your email.)

National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/) -- primary federal source for compiling and analyzing data related to education including public schools and private schools, colleges, and libraries.

Annual Reports on Education (http://nces.ed.gov/annuals/) -- Links to:
  • The Condition of Education (http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/) -- national measures of the condition and progress of education, including enrollment trends and student characteristics at all levels of the education system, student achievement and the effects of education, student progress, teacher characteristics, and support for learning.

  • Projections of Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/programs/projections/) -- provides projections for key education statistics, including enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools and degree-granting institutions. Included are national data on enrollment and graduates for the past 15 years and projections to the year 2014.

  • Digest of Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/) -- a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school containing information on the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international education, and supplemental information on population trends, attitudes on education, education characteristics of the labor force, and economic trends.

  • Public School Districts (http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/districtsearch/) -- information on all U.S. school districts and individual schools including size, enrollment by grade, race/ethnicity, and gender, student teacher ratio, and lunch programs. (Can also connect through Data Tools on http://nces.ed.gov/ )

  • The Nation's Report Card -- The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/subjectareas.asp) -- nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, history, geography, and other fields. Data available by state.

  • NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/) -- enables researchers to create statistical tables and graphics on the results of decades of assessment of students' academic performance, as well as information about factors that may be related to their learning.
The Maryland School Performance Report/Maryland Report Card (http://www.mdreportcard.org/) -- detailed information on school performance on Maryland and its 24 school systems and individual schools, including scores from The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and The Maryland High School Assessments (HSA).

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/) -- information about language instruction educational programs for limited proficiency English language learners. Includes LEP enrollment numbers by states and also languages spoken. (Click on Numbers and Stats.)

Education Commision of the States (http://www.ecs.org/) -- Education policy, news, and trends information about current and emerging education issues, news, and trends in state education policy. Includes studies, reports and policy makers guides

American Institutes for Research (http://www.air.org) -- online reports (See Publications and Products) of behavioral and social science research in education and human development.

National Center for Health Statistics (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/) -- data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing on a wide range of health issues, including birth and mortality statistics, aging, disease. Links to additional sources of health information which document the health status of the U.S. population and of important subgroups. Faststats site provides quick alphabetical access to statistics on topics of public health. Also includes the National Vital Statistics Reports and Healthy People 2010.

MMWR – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/) -- provisional data based on weekly reports to CDC by state health departments. Facts on specific infectious and chronic diseases, aging, public health, and causes of death.

Area Connect (http://www.areaconnect.com) -- specific crime statistics and comparisons by national average for US cities and towns. (Data not available for every town.) From this homepage, select a state, then a town or city. On the right side of the page, under “Statistics,” select “Crime Statistics.” http://baltimore.areaconnect.com/crime1.htm allows you to compare Baltimore crime data to other cities or towns.

Uniform Crime Reports - FBI http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm -- volume and rate statistics by type of crime and by state, region, and type of region, voluntarily reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies nationwide. Statistics include murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, hate crimes, and arrests. Includes special studies and reports.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics ( http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/index.html) --brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. The site is updated regularly as new statistics become available. Data tables are organized into topical sections: criminal justice characteristics, public opinion, crime and victims, arrests, courts, prosecution, sentencing, probation and parole, and death penalty.

Juvenile Offenders and Victims: Statistical Briefing Book and 2006 National Report (http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/ojstatbb/) -- basic demographic, economic, and sociological statistics on juvenile crime and the juvenile justice system.

Bureau of Justice Statistics ( http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/) -- primary source of demographic and geographic information on criminal victimization, frequency, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization for segments of the population such as women, the elderly, members of various racial groups, city dwellers, and other groups, as well as sentencing and incarceration statistics, and statistics on capital punishment.

Baltimore City Crime Statistics ( -- maps of crimes, such as burglary, car theft, assault, murder, and rape committed in neighborhoods and city areas within the last 90 days.

Commercial Sites
Neighborhood Profiles – Sperling’s Best Places (http://www.bestplaces.net/) -- detailed neighborhood profiles, including data on population, housing, crime, education, religion, cost of living, and health, for every zipcode in the United States.

Community Tapestry (http://www.esribis.com/reports/ziplookup.html) -- classifies U.S. neighborhoods by zipcode into 65 lifestyle segments based on socioeconomic and demographic composition. Segmentation explains customer diversity, describes lifestyles and life-stages, and incorporates a wide range of data such as demographic, business, and market potential data.

My Best Segments (http://www.claritas.com/MyBestSegments/Default.jsp) --"snapshots" of a zipcode’s demographic traits, lifestyle preferences and consumer behaviors. (Click on Zipcode Look-up.)

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