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Just as the Statistical Abstract of the United States is considered the best-known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps, the world, the Historical Statistical Abstracts of the United States offers the opportunity for researchers to look into the past to discover the economic trends, the social climate and the demographic makeup of the U.S., and easily compare that to current day trends.

The Statistical Abstract of the U.S. was published from 1878 to 2012 by the U.S. Federal Government. In 2006, the Census Bureau published PDFs of all historical editions on the web.  That same year, they also began publishing their current Excel versions of tables. They continued that practice through the publication of their final edition in 2012.

What is ProQuest doing to the historical volumes?

We are unlocking all 132 years of PDF-based tables and making them available as Excel spreadsheets, and releasing blocks of years in separate collections. Collection 1, which covers 1970-2012 was released in 2014, and Collection 2, which covers 1929-1969 was released in September, 2015.  The third and final collection, which covers 1878-1928 was released in early 2016.

  • Content Type: Reports, Tables, Figures, Other Sources
  • COUNTER Compliant: Yes

Unlock the Past

Data that was previously locked in print and PDF formats is now available to download and work within Excel or other data tools.

Work with original documents

Enable your researchers to obtain and work with historical data as it was originally published – unaltered, unfiltered in any way!

Analyze Data over Time

Having both historical and current data in one interaction allows researchers to compare data from as early as 1878 to current day.

Get the Full Picture

Allow your researchers to access a complete statistical portrait of the United States since 1878!

Save precious shelf space

Many libraries have maintained their historical collections or the printed Statistical Abstract for their longstanding research value. Now libraries can reclaim that space by accessing this content in digital format – and they can access the precise table of interest in mere seconds!

Study and gather data on a specific topic quickly and easily!

Imagine a researcher wanting to gather and study data about polio immunization rates over time. With the Historical Statistical Abstracts, a researcher could search on the term and download every polio immunization statistic that was ever published in the Statistical Abstract, quickly and easily.

Create a Complete Statistical Portrait of America

Imagine a student assigned to create a statistical portrait of the U.S. over time, or for specific years. The Historical Statistical Abstracts allows the researcher to select a given year, and a range of data points, download them for easy comparison in the form of tables, charts or graphs.

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