Get the numbers!

My last blog posting on Oct 14 talked about a web site, WorldPublicOpinion.org, where you can find opinion poll numbers refelcting the way people think about the world.  This time I would like to introduce you to a source that gives you the numbers that actually reflect in more objective terms the world we live in! The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a great starting point for all kinds of statistics. This is a publication of the United States Census Bureau and includes a compilation of statistical tables  from different government or other nonprofit organizations on social and economic conditions in the United States.

Here’s how to locate and use this web site:

On the main library web page, under Quick facts: Encyclopedias, stats, etc., select Statistics & Polls. Click on the link, Statistical Abstract of the United States.

On the main page of the web site, note how the publication is organized by Sections that you may browse (see panel to the left).  Browsing the different sections may be interesting, even enteraining as you look at what these tables reflect.  However, if you are searching for specific statistics on a specific topic, go ahead and use the “Search the Abstract” feature which should lead you to the right table.

Do you want to find out how the prices of cars have changed through the years?  Or are you wandering how many TV sets on average exist in U.S. households these days?  The Statistical Abstract gives you a great way to observe historical changes and current trends on a wide variety of topics.

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