Statistics

Law librarians are often asked to track down quasi-legal information. Statistics is one area in which online information abounds. The following is a list of some of the most useful resources for statistical information on the World Wide Web.

ABA’s Market Research Department – Statistical Resources 

http://www.abanet.org/marketresearch/resource.html

This page includes links to statistical data about lawyers and the legal profession compiled by the American Bar Association. You can find information about women in the practice of law, links to law firm rankings, salary surveys, and more.

CIA World Factbook
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

This is site contains statistics about the countries of the world, including a map of the country and information about geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. You can browse information by country or search The World Factbook. The country information was updated in August 2003. This is a very reliable and useful resource for information about other countries.

FedStats
http://www.fedstats.gov/

This site is a portal to statistics from over 100 U.S. government agencies. Using this portal, one can research economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more. One benefit to this portal is that one can research statistics without having to know in advance which government agency produces them.

Statistical Abstract
http://www.census.gov/statab/www/

This site contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States and a selected amount of international data. The categories of information include: Health and Nutrition, Law Enforcement, and Labor Force, Employment, and Earnings. This site contains online versions of the Statistical Abstract from 1995 to 2002.

U.S. Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/

This is the gateway to United States Census data. This site contains links to the 2000 census data, 1990 census data, and selected historical census materials. There are statistics about the American people and about businesses. One of the most useful tools provided by the U.S. Census is American Factfinder. American Factfinder contains tables and maps of Census 2000 data for all geographies to the block level.

U.S. Department of Commerce – Bureau of Economic Analysis
http://www.bea.doc.gov/

The Bureau of Economic Analysis provides national and regional economic information such as gross domestic product estimates and data on personal  income. Also on this site you can find international economic informationincluding balance of payments and trade statistics.

U.S. Department of Justice – Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/

Included on this website are statistics about crime and victims, criminal offenders, law enforcement, the federal justice system, corrections, courts and sentencing, and special topics, such as, homicide rends.  This site is clearly designed and each topic area includes summary findings. There is also a link to the online Sourcebook of Criminal Justice  Statistics as well as to other online sources of justice statistics.

U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics
http://www.bls.gov/home.htm

The Bureau of Labor Statistics site contains statistical information in the following categories: Inflation and Consumer Spending; Wages, Earnings, and Benefits; Productivity; Safety and Health; International Labor; Occupations; Demographics; Employment and Unemployment; Publications & Research Papers; Industries; Business Costs; and Geography. Many of the categories of information contain detailed statistics and a lot of the data can be customized to create tables for your specific area of research.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Statistics
http://www.eeoc.gov/stats/index.html

This page includes statistics on EEOC enforcement, job patterns for minorities and women, and census data related to employment.

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