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Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) : Additional Numeric/Statistical Data Resources

Information on Maps/Mapping & Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

U.S. Interactive Mapping and Statistical Data

Census of Agriculture (US)
Find and download agricultural statistics for every state and county in the United States. Visit the Charts and Maps section for specific geographic data needs.
The Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.

National Historical GIS (NHGIS)
The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides easy access to summary tables and time series of population, housing, agriculture, and economic data, along with GIS-compatible boundary files, for years from 1790 through the present and for all levels of U.S. census geography, including states, counties, tracts, and blocks.

Reference USA
ReferenceUSA is a database providing access to information on over 25 million businesses and more than 262 million consumers. Business listings include such data as company names, phone numbers, complete addresses, key executive names, SIC Codes, employee size, sales volume, geo-codes for mapping, contact details, franchise and brand information, news, liens, judgments and bankruptcies, and credit rating scores.

Social Explorer
Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to current and historical U.S. census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change. In addition to being a comprehensive data resource, Social Explorer also offers features and tools to meet the needs of both demography experts and novices. It creates reports at all geographic levels including the state, county, census tract, block group, zip code and census place. Included are over 18,000 maps, hundreds of profile reports, 40 billion data elements, 335,000 variables and 220 years of data. Of special interest are the the entire US Census from 1790 to 2010, the American Community Survey, and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) (Updated continuously)

U.S. Census Resources: GIS

Online Resource
Name & Link


Census Years

Smallest Geography Relative Ease of Use
Social Explorer Free for UW 1790-Present Download Data, Online Maps, Custom Reports  Block    Groups    Easy
National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) Public/Free 1790-Present Download Data and GIS shapefiles Blocks Moderate Public/Free 2000-Present Download Data, Online Maps, Custom Profiles Blocks Moderate
TIGER/Line Geographic Data Public/Free 1990-Present GIS shapefiles, geodatabases, web services Blocks Easy
Longitudinal Tract Data Base (LTDB) from Brown University - (Normalized Data)
Project Website
LTDB GIS Geodatabase
Public/Free 2000/2010 Data download, GIS shapefiles Tracts Moderate

Worldwide Statistical Data

International Monetary Fund
The IMF publishes a range of time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators. Manuals, guides, and other material on statistical practices at the IMF, in member countries, and of the statistical community at large are also available.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Stats
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Our goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. We draw on almost 60 years of experience and insights to better prepare the world of tomorrow.

United Nations Data Portal
is a web-based data service for the global user community. It brings international statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single-entry point. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources compiled by the United Nations (UN) statistical system and other international agencies. The numerous databases or tables collectively known as "datamarts" contain over 60 million data points and cover a wide range of statistical themes including agriculture, crime, communication, development assistance, education, energy, environment, finance, gender, health, labour market, manufacturing, national accounts, population and migration, science and technology, tourism, transport and trade.

World Bank Data Portal
World Bank helps developing countries find solutions to the toughest global and local development challenges—from adapting to climate change to boosting food security to increasing access to energy.