The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (St. Louis Fed) research division offers a wealth of historical economic data and information for economic researchers. Databases on the site include the following:
FRED compiles macro data from a variety of government and other sources. FRED is a database of over 383,000 economic time series from 82 sources. You can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series. Features: Charts and graphs, exportable into Excel and text files.
FRASER is a collection of scanned historical documents. Some historical statistics that are not available in FRED may be found in FRASER.
GeoFRED alows you to create, customize, and share geographical maps of data found in FRED®.
ALFRED (Archival Fred) allows you to retrieve vintage versions of economic data that were available on specific dates in history. In general, economic data for past observation periods are revised as more accurate estimates become available. As a result, previous vintages of data can be superseded and may no longer be available from various data sources. Vintage or real time economic data allows academics to reproduce others' research, build more accurate forecasting models, and analyze economic policy decisions using the data available at the time.
This is the new platform for accessing recent Census Bureau data. FYI, the Census Bureau stopped releasing new data in American FactFinder (AFF) at the end of June 2019 and transitioned to data.census.gov for data releases formerly on AFF. AFF will remain as an archive system for data and functionality that are not yet available in data.census.gov until early 2020.
Browse data sets by topic, or search the data catalog. You can limit your results to geospatial data sets. Federal and non-federal (state, county, municipal, etc.) data sources are available. Features: Download data in a variety of formats including tables, geospatial dataset, and APIs. Users can also harvest metadata.
The FBI has gathered crime statistics from law enforcement agencies across the nation that have voluntarily participated in the since 1930. These data have been published each year, and since 1958, have been available in the publication Crime in the United States (CIUS). As a supplement to CIUS, the FBI, in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, provides this site that allows users to build their own customized data tables. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program collects statistics on violent crime (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). Features: Tables, Exportable into Excel; details on methods and how to use the database. By using the table-building tool, users can specify offenses, locality (city, county, state), and year(s).
FRED compiles macro data from a variety of government and other sources. FRED is a database of over 383,000 economic time series from 82 sources. St. Louis Fed provides even more historical economic resources. Features: Charts and graphs, exportable into Excel and text files.
Housed at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard. Claims to host the world's largest collection of social science research. It holds data from many researchers and institutions in addition to Harvard.
ICPSR is one of the largest repositories for social science data in the world. Among the many topics covered, you will find statistics on crime, education, demographics, elections, religion, and much more. Features: Tables available from a list of datasets
International & U.S. immigration statistics from the Migration Policy Institute, independent think tank in Washington, DC. Features: Export charts in CSV (comma-separated value) and maps as images, PDFs, or Tableau workbooks.
The Social Science Electronic Data Library (SSEDL) is an extensive health and social science resource that consists of nine topically focused data archives. The data studies in each archive are suitable for use with statistical software and each consists of one or more data files, related documentation, and SAS and SPSS program statement files. Features: Extensive datasets available to download.
A comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Features: Tables from various sources in PDF or online; also exportable to Excel (.xls). Includes citation information, source documentation, and key terms.
Formerly called LexisNexis Statistical, this database provides tables from international statistical publications as well as U.S. government and business reports, U.S. federal statistical publications, and U.S. State government, business, and research institute statistical publications. Features: Abstracts, PDF full text, tables (.gif or .xls), and links to other editions of the same study or datasets from a different year. All features are not available for all results.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is 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. Features: Create your own table from available data sets (select variables); Export into Excel.
Statista provides access to statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries. This will link to statistics, but not downloadable datasets. You might be able to follow the sources to the data providers.