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Social Welfare 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy: Finding data/statistics

Starting Points

The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a great compilation of national statistics from many sources. It can also be used as an index, or finding tool, to find the source of the statistics...  and much more data.

The Green Book is the standard reference for social policy and federal entitlement programs. Statistics are often included.

The U.S. Census Bureau provides local, state and national statistics relating to poverty, educational attainment, overcrowded housing, single parent families, grandparents raising grandchildren, etc. Much of the data can be "cross-tabulated" by another variable such as race/ethnicity, gender, immigrant status, language or age. American FactFinder is the main entry point. It's complicated; we've created a guide to finding poverty-related census data.

Looking for data about children? Kids Count Data Center from Annie E. Casey provides additional data not covered in Factfinder -- such as rate of substantiated child abuse and number of hours of television watched. You can drill down on some of the indicators to county and city level data.

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