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Political Science & Government

Why statistics?

Statistics help us identify trends and evaluate outcomes. Most often this information is collected on a national level through government agencies and is published publicly online.

Political Science Statistics

Primary Source Books

CIA World Factbook

Offers complete and up-to-date information on the world's nations. Contains data on the politics, populations, military expenditures, economics, literacy rates, and more for each country.

Datapedia of the United States

Presents data on several hundred indicators of social, economic, political, and cultural developments within the nation. Covers the history of the United States from 1790 to 2007 and includes select data projections through 2050.

State Rankings 2009 : A Statistical View of America

Compares statistical rankings in every state and Washington D.C, in the area of education, health, crime, transportation, taxes, and government finances.

State Trends 2008

Tracks key quality of life factors by state across the United States by exploring statistics in areas of state governement spending, education outcomes, public health, corrections, energy, and transportation.

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