Are you looking for some statistics to support your legal arguments and positions? One great resource is the Statistical Abstract of the United States, which has been published by the U.S. Census Bureau since 1878. This authoritative and comprehensive source of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States includes more than 1,400 tables and graphs on topics as varied as insurance, prisons, patents, child support, campaign finance, and much more.
You can locate a table or graph in the online version by using the search box or by browsing the sections or list of general topics. If you would prefer, the print version of this title is available in the library’s reference section; you can use the topical index in the back of the book to locate a relevant table or graph. Sources of data include the Census Bureau itself, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations, as well as data obtained from unpublished records.
In addition to providing tables and graphs, the abstract serves as a jumping off point to other statistical publications and sources. It does this by providing an introductory text to each section and by including a source note below each table. These provide you with additional resources that you can consult to gather more detailed and in-depth statistical information.
Earlier editions of the abstract covering all the way back to colonial times are also available online.