Historical Statistics of the United States
Where can you find statistical information on topics as varied as life insurance, copyright, immigration, motor vehicle traffic fatalities, or the Selective Service, to name just a few? Just go to Historical Statistics of the United States, one of the many research databases you can access from the library's research databases page.
Historical Statistics of the United States provides historical statistical information covering virtually every quantifiable aspect of American history, with coverage from the 1700's to the present. You can access the information by either browsing the indexes or by keyword searching. Statistical tables can be downloaded individually or as a group, and you can create custom tables that can be downloaded, printed, or graphed. Each general topic also includes an introductory essay that reviews the quantitative history of the topic, provides a guide to the sources, and offers expert advice on the reliability of the data and the limits that might be placed on their interpretation.
So the next time you need statistical information, whether from the country's colonial period all the way up to current times, take a look at this database to see if it includes what you are looking for.