General

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States Ref HA202 2014  Available online or in print, the Statistical Abstract distills the most useful statistics collected by the federal government on topics including population, health, education, crime, the economy, government, and the environment. If you’re not sure where to look, start here.
  • American FactFinder American FactFinder is the online portal for U.S. Census data. You can find much more than simple population counts, including information on housing, income, education, language, and economic activity, and sort for data on the local, state, and national levels.
  • Fedstats Fedstats is the most comprehensive guide to statistics collected by any U.S. government agency. It can be tough to navigate if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, but it’s the most complete overview.
  • Illinois Statistics.This directory is maintained by the University of Illinois.

 

Business & Economics

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Includes statistics on employment, prices and living conditions (e.g the Consumer Price Index), productivity, and more.
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics Information on trade, travel, and freight by air, land, and sea. Includes statistics related to the economy and energy consumption.
  • Google Finance Get stock quotes and other market data.
  • Nexis Uni (formerly known as Lexis Nexis Academic Universe) Nexis Uni™ features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

 

Crime

 

Current Events

  • Pew Research Center Pew is a non-partisan, highly respected research institute that polls, surveys, and demographic research on almost any important topic, from internet use to religion to politics to the economy.

 

Education

  • Digest of Education Statistics The most important overview of U.S. Education statistics from the National Center of Education Statistics. Browse figures and tables of statistical data. On the NCES webpage you can also find additional data sets and search tools.
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education Collects educational statistics specific to higher ed in the state of Illinois.
  • Illinois State Board of Education Comprehensive guide to Illinois education statistics, arranged by topic.

 

Health

 

History

 

International

 

Even more statistical resources

Looking for even more sources of statistical information? Check out this comprehensive guide from Vanderbilt University.