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Welcome to the Statistical Data Resources Guide
Statistical data can be found from a variety of sources, government and commercial. The following Library Guide is just a selection of some of the data sources you can use for your presentations, reports and papers. It is recommended that you contact our reference staff for additional assistance in finding statistical data.
Why Can't I Find My Data?
Some of the reasons you may not find the data you need are:
The question wasn't asked - Looking at the questionnaire that was used to gather data is a simple way to check this. The Census Bureau includes questionnaires on their websites and in many print publications.
Confidentiality - the Census Bureau suppresses data that can be identified with a specific individual or business firm. This usually affects data for small geographic areas. For more information, see the Confidentiality box below.
The data was not/has not been released - Look for release schedules. Examples:
Since the US Government sequester, US agencies have cut back on the collection of demographic and economic data. For example, the US Census Bureau no longer publishes economic reports, the Statistical Abstract, and other demographic information. Visit their web sites for more information.
How to Get Reference Help
For reference help, ask at the Information Desk on the second floor of Dunbar Library (937-775-2925).
You can schedule an oppointment with the government and legal information coordinator. Contact information is on the right.
IM reference service is also available through the Ask a Librarian page.
Historical Statistics for the United States
Data on Individuals
Genealogists and other history researchers are often interested in records for individuals. Those records are released after 72 years, so the latest information available is through the 1930 census. Records for local counties are kept in Special Collections and Archives in Dunbar Library.