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Graduate Social Work Program: Statistics

Welcome to the Social Work LibGuide. This guide highlights sources related to Social Work. In addition to the sources, students, faculty and staff should check the Online Catalog.

Comprehensive Statistics

American FactFinder

This is the public gateway to demographic, economic and social data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Google Public Data Directory

Google collects publically available data from organizations like Eurostat, OECD, U.S. Census Bureau and World Bank and offers visualizations of this data. Users may also upload their own datasets to create visualizations. ‚Äč

Kids Count Data Center

A premier source of data on children and families. Published a yearly comprehensive report (The Kids Count Data Book) that assesses child well-being in the United States.

Gender Data Portal 

The Gender Data Portal is the World Bank Group’s comprehensive source for the latest sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics covering demography, education, health, access to economic opportunities, public life and decision-making, and agency.

The Urban Institute 

             The Urban Institute is the trusted source for unbiased, authoritative insights that inform consequential choices about the well-being of people and places in the United States.


Health Statistics: Virginia

Virginia Department of Health: Other Sources & Reports

Additional sources for health care statistics organized by topic. 

County Health Rankings 

Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, County Health Rankings provides annual rankings of health statistics in a pdf format.

Virginia County Health Rankings 2017 

Interactive site which allows selection of individual cities or counties, as well as allowing the user to select an earlier year.

Data vs. Statistics

The difference between data and statistics for research is important: data is the raw information that statistics are created from. In other words, statistics illuminate the summarized data. 

Find out more from this quick review of the difference between data & statistics. 

Stats, Stats, & More Stats

 Statistical Report 

Public Assistance Statistics

Green Book: Background Material and Data on Major Programs 

Produced by the US House Committee on Ways and Means. Contains statistics, historical, and legislative analysis on federal assistance programs such as OASDI, SSI, TANF, child welfare, supplemental nutrition, and Medicare.

Food and Nutrition Service

Data and statistics on USDA nutrition assistance programs, including child nutrition programs; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps); Women, Infants and Children, and more. 

Social Security Administration Statistics

Program statistics and data files on programs covered by the Social Security Administration (Disability, SSI, OASI, Medicare, etc.). 

Health Statistics: National & International

CDC: National Center for Health Data & Statistics

Data & statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are organized by topic.

CDC FastStats

The FastStats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically.

Health Statistics: MedlinePlus 

Gives a quick review of health statistics and places to find more data & statistics. 

Office of Minority Health 

The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. 

WHO (World Health Organization): Health Data and Statistics 

WHO's portal provides access to data and analysis for monitoring the global health situation.

Organization for Economic and Co-operation and Development (OECD) Health Statistics 

Contains a wide range of international statistics including the comparison of healthcare in 35 countries.

Federal Statistics

Bureau of Justice Statistics

BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Census Bureau

There is much information available through this site. Of particular note are the following links under Census 2000: People, News, and Special Topics; American FactFinder; Subjects A-Z; FedStats; Statistical Abstract; and State & County QuickFacts.


The home of the U.S. Government's open data where you will find data, tools, and resources.

Statistical Abstract

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

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