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TIP: Use dataZoa to access and store data from many websites to a single location. You can collect data from popular websites including the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Federal Reserve Economic Data, then view data in a standardized format from your account in dataZoa. You can also create tables and charts driven by love data that will automatically update.

United States Census Information

  • U.S. Census Bureau:
    • 2010 Census
    • American Community Survey: The data collected by this survey helps local officials, community leaders and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed information about the American people and workforce.
    • American FactFinder: Provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. Find popular facts about your community by using Community Facts. The data in American FactFinder comes from several censuses and surveys. NOTE: Will be transitioning after March 31, 2020 to
    • Census Data Tools and Apps: Includes links to products such as American FactFinder, My Congressional District and other interactive products.
    • Census FAQ
    • Historical census information:
    • Other Major Censuses:
      • American Housing Survey (AHS): AHS is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey is the most comprehensive national housing survey in the United States.
      • Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM): Provides key intercensal measures of manufacturing activity, products, and location for the public and private sectors. The ASM provides the best current measure of current U.S. manufacturing industry outputs, inputs, and operating status.
      • Census of Agriculture: The leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.
      • Census of Federal, State & Local Governments: Identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector; provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance and public employment; classifies local government organizations, powers, and activities; and measures federal, state, and local fiscal relationships.
      • County Business Patterns: An annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll.
      • Current Population Survey (CPS): In addition to being the primary source of monthly labor force statistics, the CPS is used to collect data for a variety of other studies that keep the nation informed of the economic and social well-being of its people.
      • Economic Census Statistics: The U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy. It includes information from latest survey and links to the older ones as well.
      • Foreign Trade Statistics: The official source for U.S. export and import statistics and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States.



  • The home of the U.S. Government's open data. Find Federal, state and local data, tools, and resources to conduct research, build apps, design data visualizations, and more.
  • Data USA: The most comprehensive website and visualization engine of public US Government data.
  • FCSM | Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology: (FCSM) is an interagency committee dedicated to improving the quality of Federal statistics.
  • Find Data and Statistics from the Government: Part of website. Provides listing of statistical agency programs that collect, analyze and disseminate statistical data and information.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States: Available on campus or by remote authentication. The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insights: Through Cleveland Public Library — you will need to provide your CPL pin number
  • State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: 2010 — last edition of this report. PDF format.
  • A statistical database that allows users to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states. The data is compiled from various primary sources such as the US Census Bureau, the FBI, and the National Center for Educational Statistics.


  • Crime/Justice
    • Bureau of Justice Statistics: The mission of the Bureau is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
    • FBI Uniform Crime Reporting: Provides official data on crime in the United States. Includes the annual Uniform Crime Report and specialized reports on topics such as hate crimes and law enforcement officers killed and assaulted.
    • UNODC Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics: From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which collects worldwide data on crime and the operation of criminal justice systems.
  • Economic/Social
    • Bureau of Economic Analysis (part of the Dept. of Commerce) : The Bureau's national economic statistics provide a comprehensive view of U.S. production, consumption, investment, exports and imports, and income and saving. These statistics are best known by summary measures such as gross domestic product (GDP), corporate profits, personal income and spending, and personal saving.
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics: The principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.
    • Changing America (PDF document): Provides social and economic data by race and Hispanic origin. Published by the Council on Economic Advisers, September 1998.
    • - Data Tools: Provides links to databases with information on variety of topics, including family, health care and education. Also includes data sources on international comparisons.
    • National Center for Education Statisitcs: The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
    • UNICEF At A Glance - United States: Provides economic and social statistics with particular reference to children's well-being.
  • Health
  • Science

Cleveland & Neighborhood Statistics

Cleveland Census Information

  • Cleveland City Planning Commission
    • Cleveland City Planning Commission 2010 Census info
    • Neighborhood Fact Sheets (2014): The City Planning Commission combines Census Tracts into Statistical Planning Areas (SPA). Each SPA is equivalent to a traditional neighborhood.  A neighborhood Fact Sheet compiles some basic demographic information for a certain neighborhood. PDF format.
    • 2000 Neighborhood Fact Sheets
    • Summary File: 2000 Census database for Cleveland searchable at the citywide, ward, planning district, neighborhood, census tract, block group, & block levels.
    • Census Maps: Interactive maps showing neighborhoods (SPAs) down to the street level. Wards, census tracts & various features can be layered on.
  • Cleveland Quick Facts ( Provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more.
  • NEO CANDO (Center on Urban Poverty & Social Change, CWRU)
    Users must apply for a free account to access some information on this site.
    • NEO CANDO 2010: NEO CANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, a research institute housed at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. NEO CANDO allows users to access data for the entire 17 county Northeast Ohio region, or for specific neighborhoods within the region.
    • NEO CANDO Reference Maps and Geographic Information: For Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and surrounding Counties.
  • NODIS (Northern Ohio Data & Information Service)
    NODIS is part of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. NODIS is designated by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census as the regional data center for northern Ohio.
    • Census 2010: The reports and maps listed are based upon 2010 census data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Excel files of census data for specified groups and areas. Includes maps that delineate Census geography [wards, census tracts] and maps that illustrate census data for population and various social & economic factors.

Other Statistics:

Ohio Statistics


  • Global Health Observatory Data (World Health Organization): Provides access to country data and statistics with a focus on comparable estimates.
  • International Data Base (IDB): From, the IDB provides a variety of demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more.
  • Find statistics on many topics by country or specific groups, with graphs and maps.
  • Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web (Bureau of Labor Statistics): Includes links to International and National Statistical sites.
  • UNdata: Pools together major UN databases allowing users to either browse the data series or use keywords to search.