Sources of statistical data for Kentucky, the United States, and the world.
Last Updated: May 24, 2017
Use this guide to find statistical information sources by subject and geographical area.
Search for books in the KCTCS Library Catalog
Sometimes you need just the facts.
- What's the population of Afghanistan?
- What percentage of Americans lack health insurance?
- Which Kentucky city has the highest proportion of adult residents with college degrees?
Statistical data can help you clarify your research or support your conclusions. But it changes so often that print reference sources can't always stay up-to-date. To make sure you've got the latest figures, try the websites of governmental and non-governmental non-profit organizations.
The following sites are the best places to start.
If you can't find what you need on one of these sites, click on one of the subject tabs to find more specific sources.
- CIA World Factbook
Information on history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 countries. Includes maps, flags, and country rankings by topic.
A massive, but easy-to-use, compilation of stats from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. Lets users create charts and graphs from selected facts.
- FedStats: Gateway to Federal Statistical Information
Search the full range of statistical information produced by the United States Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. Search by keyword or subject, or use the A-Z index.
- United States Census
Population, housing, business, health... if you need a quick fact about everyday life in the United States, you'll probably find it here. Browse data by subject or use the QuickFacts or American Fact Finder features to focus down to the state, county, or city level.
- StateMaster - Kentucky
From the creators of NationMaster, this site compiles state-level statistical information from a variety of cited sources.
- Kentucky State Data Center
A cooperative effort among the the University of Louisville, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the U.S. Census Bureau's State Data Center Program, the KSDC compiles demographic and census data about Kentucky to make it more easily accessible to the public.
- Census Bureau’s Kentucky Quick Facts Page
A snapshot of Kentucky's current demographics and economy. Includes drop-down menu of similar pages for each Kentucky county and city.