Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps, the world. You’ll find it behind nearly every reference desk in U.S. libraries as the authoritative go-to source. As a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of America and its people.
In the spring of 2011, the Census Bureau announced that the edition that year would be the last one produced at government expense. Despite protests from librarians and journalists and despite petitions to Congress, the Census Bureau unit that published the Statistical Abstract was eliminated in November. Its elimination resulted not from a decline in popularity or perceived value, but from the need to reduce agency spending while supporting new and existing data collection efforts.
ProQuest has now taken on responsibility for updating and releasing this publication, the most used statistical reference tool in U.S. libraries. They bring to this task 35 years of experience in acquiring, abstracting, and indexing Federal Government statistical publications and tables.
39 new tables include information on same-sex couple households, student loan debt, mortgage loan application and denials, negative equity mortgages, electronic device ownership, childhood obesity and employment in the “green” sector.
The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is located at the Reference Desk in the Library. Stop by and take a look at this amazing resource!