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Agriculture Statistics: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
A detailed compilation of statistical charts and tables covering all aspects of the U.S. agricultural
economy. Includes volumes for the most recent three years.

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
FOASTAT is an online and multilingual database containing more than one million records covering international statistics on production, trade, land use, forestry products, fishery products, and more.

State Fact Sheets: ERS/USDA Data
Contains information on farm and farm related jobs, top export commodities, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators for each state and for the United States as a whole. Sources include the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Census Bureau, and Economic Research
Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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American Factfinder
Factfinder uses Census Bureau data to allow the user to create tables, reports, and maps. Use Data Sets for complete subject and geographic coverage. Basic Facts gives you a quick look at the most used data. You can also search by keyword or place name to locate data and maps.

Census 2010
Policy analysts, mayors, government officials, and many others are anxiously awaiting the results of the 2010 Census. It's not taking place for a few years, but the U.S. Census Bureau has already created this website to provide information to a wide range of interested parties and stakeholders.

Mapping Census 2000: The Geography of U.S. Diversity
Provides county level detail for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

State and County QuickFacts
Easy to use census information for national, state, and county levels.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book
State data tables from the U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Census Bureau
Comprehensive U.S. demographic data. Includes the nation's population, housing, business and manufacturing activity, international trade, farming, and state and local governments.

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Information on American cities and metropolitan areas in all fifty states. Information covers education, ethnicity, and other demographic breakdowns.

International Data Base
Database containing statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data from 227 countries and areas of the world.

Population Reference Bureau
U.S. population issues, trends, and statistics. Topics include marriage and family, population estimates and projections, education, race and ethnicity, income and poverty, foreign-born population, older population, labor force, mortality, and more.

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National Center for Education Statistics
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations.

HyperStat Online Statistics Textbook
An introductory-level textbook in statistics covering descriptive and inferential statistics. Each chapter has links to related texts, instructional demos, and free statistical analysis programs. Author is David M. Lane, Rice University departments of statistics, psychology, and management."

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U.S. Economy at a Glance
Six month of key economic data, including unemployment rate, average hourly earnings, consumer price index, produce price index, U.S. import price index, and productivity. Provides economic data charts for each state.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Full range of economic data and analysis produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

State and County QuickFacts
Easy to use census information for national, state, and county levels.

Guide to regional economic data on the Internet with over 400 annotated links to socioeconomic data sources arranged by subject and provider of the data. Also lists the ten best sites for finding regional economic data.

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"The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies."

This website "brings [United Nations] UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point ... Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system." Search across all databases, or use advanced search to select specific sources, years, and regions of the world. Includes a glossary. From the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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