2010 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. released

The Statistical Abstract, also known as “Uncle Sam’s Almanac,” has been published since 1878 — before automobiles, airplanes and motion pictures had even been invented. Contained in the 129th edition are more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts which collectively describe the state of our nation and the world.

Did you know that in 2007, the nation’s 16,604 libraries collectively had an average of 12.5 public-use computers connected to the Internet per library?

Every edition of the Statistical Abstract, dating from 1878, is available in PDF or zip files on the Census Bureau’s Web site.

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2008 Annual Energy Review stats released

The Annual Energy Review is the Energy Information Administration’s primary report of historical annual energy statistics. The report’s emphasis is on long-term trends as statistics are updated regularly in the Monthly Energy Review.

The EIA provides policy-neutral data, forecasts and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

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Reports give insight on health of old and young

This month the National Center for Health Statistics has published two reports on the health of children and of older adults.

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009 is a compendium of indicators illustrating both the promises and the difficulties confronting young people in the United States. The report presents 40 key indicators on important aspects of children’s lives.

The opportunities for older adults to live longer, healthier lives should continue to increase, according to Health Characteristics of Adults Aged 55 Years and Older: United States, 2004-2007. However, variations in health were noted within the four age groups, with the most consistent and striking results found for poverty status and health insurance coverage. 

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Aged population expected to triple

The world’s 65-and-older population is projected to triple by midcentury, according to the latest update from the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Data Base.  This resource offers a variety of demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with populations of 5,000 or more.

The latest update includes projections by age, including people 100 and older, for 227 countries and areas.  The complete dataset features information on population size and growth, age and sex composition, mortality, fertility and net migration.

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What stats do you want? Public invited to shape Data.gov

Created as part of the President’s commitment to open government and democratizing information, Data.gov provides access to economic, healthcare, environmental, and other government information on a single website. Although currently only a limited portion of the rich variety of federal datasets is available, the public is invited to actively participate in shaping the future of this resource by suggesting additional datasets and site enhancements to provide seamless access and use of federal data.

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Mini-digest of education statistics 2008

The National Center for Education Statistics just published a compilation of statistical information covering American education from kindergarten through graduate school. The statistical highlights are excerpts from the Digest of Education of Statistics, 2008, which will be released soon.

Update: Digest of Education Statistics 2008

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Biofuel crops are focus of March journal

Biofuel crops are featured in the March edition of Amber Waves, a quarterly journal published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. The journal also has articles on the economics of food, farming, natural resources and rural America.

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Energy report offers stats aplenty

You can stay on top of U.S. energy usage through the The Monthly Energy Review (MER) produced by the Energy Information Administration. Included in the February 2009 issue are statistics on total energy production, consumption, and trade; energy prices; overviews of petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and international petroleum; and data unit conversions.

A related Congresssional Research Service report is U.S. Energy: Selected Facts and Numbers (PDF).

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