A lot of times when students are working on papers or presentations they’re hoping to find some good statistics to support their research. There are a number of places you can go to find statistics – some of our library databases, a number of government sites (like cdc.gov and the World Factbook…) including the Statistical Abstract of the United States, and many more. But EasyStats, put out by the US Census Bureau, aims to provide you with “quick and easy access to selected statistics.” The statistics are broken down by state and can be further broken down by county. You then select one of five topic areas: Financial, Jobs, Housing, People, Education. Within those topic areas are predefined categories you can click on for specific statistical data. This would certainly be a worthwhile site to bookmark and if you don’t find what you need you can explore further in the Census.gov website.
This website was reviewed in CHOICE Reviews this past month and here’s a bit of what reviewer J. D. Graveline from the University of Alabama at Birmingham had to say:
Launched at the end of 2012, the US Census Bureau’s Easy Stats is an interactive online tool designed to make statistics “quicker and easier to access.” […] Data on this site are drawn from the American Community Survey and the 2010 Census. Users may view data on the state, county, place, or Congressional District levels. Data for each level are divided into five broad areas… Navigating the site, with its pull-down menus and radio buttons, is somewhat intuitive. Data are presented in tables and are exportable to Microsoft Excel. Users seeking more extensive economic and demographic statistics would be better served using either the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder or its State and County Quick Facts. Both offer a more robust selection of data.
So happy fact-finding! 🙂