The ongoing partial shutdown of our government is making it difficult to find federal, or national, statistics. One option is to look for statistics in the articles you find on your topic. Another option is to find an organization or society that makes data/stats freely available. If you’re a SU student/faculty/staff person, try the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. We also have the past editions in print. And, we have the Decennial Census and various reports in print.

The Statistics guide includes a few sites that are available.


  • Need a substitute for American Community Surveys? Try the ACS Profiles from the Missouri Census Data Center. The have all 50 states.
  • Try your state data center since they have data sets that are still available. Alabama State Data Center
  • There is free data available from Social Explorer (all data is now free for the next 2 weeks beginning 10-04-13) & a free trial from TRF Policy Map.
  • Demographics Stats America

Questions? Come by the Government Documents desk and we’ll be more than happy to see what we can find.