U.S. Department of Commerce

The 2012 Statistical Abstract

The National Data Book

Geography & Environment

This section presents a variety of information on the physical environment of the United States, starting with basic area measurement data and ending with climatic data for selected weather stations around the country. The subjects covered between those points are mostly concerned with environmental trends but include related subjects such as land use, water consumption, air pollutant emissions, toxic releases, oil spills, hazardous waste sites, municipal waste and recycling, threatened and endangered wildlife, and the environmental industry.

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Air Quality

372 - National Ambient Air Pollutant Concentrations by Type of Pollutant [Excel 33k] | [PDF 61k]

373 - Selected National Air Pollutant Emissions [Excel 32k] | [PDF 61k]

374 - Selected Air Pollutant Emissions by Pollutant and Source: 2008 [Excel 33k] | [PDF 61k]

375- Emissions Of Greenhouse Gases by Type and Source [Excel 34k] | [PDF 63k]

376 - Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Sector and Source [Excel 33k] | [PDF 63k]

Environmental Industry; Threatened and Endangered Species

380 - Environmental Industry-- Revenues and Employment, by Industry Segment [Excel 34k] | [PDF 57k]

387 - Threatened and Endangered Wildlife and Plant Species--Number: 2009 [Excel 31k] | [PDF 61k]

Land, Land Use, and Earthquakes

358- Land and Water Area Of States and Other Entities: 2008 [Excel 50k] | [PDF 64k]

363 - U.S.--Canada and U.S.--Mexico Border Lengths [Excel 21k] | [PDF 58k]

366 - Extreme and Mean Elevations by States and Other Areas [Excel 38k] | [PDF 69k]

367 - Land Cover/Use by Type [Excel 32k] | [PDF 65k]

368 - Wetlands on Nonfederal Land and Water Areas by Land Cover/Use and Farm Production Region: 2003 [Excel 27k] | [PDF 66k]

369 - Land Cover/Use by State: 2003 [Excel 31k] | [PDF 66k]

389 - Number of Earthquakes in the United States [Excel 29k] | [PDF 61k]

390 - Wildland Fires, Number and Acres [Excel 33k] | [PDF 69k]

Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, and Superfund

377 - Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Materials Recovery, Combustion with Energy Recovery, and Discards in the United States [Excel 25k] | [PDF 61k]

378 - Generation and Recovery Of Selected Materials In Municipal Solid Waste [Excel 37k] | [PDF 61k]

379 - Municipal Solid Waste--Generation, Recovery, and Discards by Selected Type of Product: 2008 [Excel 32k] | [PDF 57k]

381 - Toxic Chemical Releases and Transfers by Media [Excel 39k] | [PDF 63k]

382 - Toxic Chemical Releases by Industry: 2009 [Excel 44k] | [PDF 63k]

383 - Toxic Chemical Releases by State and Outlying Area: 2009 [Excel 52k] | [PDF 72k]

384 - Hazardous Waste Sites On The National Priority List by State and Outlying Area: 2008 [Excel 35k] | [PDF 72k]

385 - Hazardous Waste Generated, Shipped, and Received by State and Other Area: 2007 [Excel 35k] | [PDF 57k]

Water, Water Use and Quality

359 - Great Lakes Profile [Excel 29k] | [PDF 62k]

360 - Great Lakes Length of Shoreline in Separate Basin [Excel 28k] | [PDF 62k]

361 - Largest Lakes in the United States [Excel 22k] | [PDF 62k]

364 - Coastline and Shoreline of the United States by State [Excel 22k] | [PDF 58k]

365 - Flows of Largest U.S. Rivers--Length Discharge and Drainage Area [Excel 30k] | [PDF 58k]

370 - U.S. Wetland Resources and Deepwater Habitats by Type [Excel 33k] | [PDF 56k]

371 - U.S. Water Withdrawals Per Day by End-Use [Excel 34k] | [PDF 56k]

386 - Oil Spills In U.S. Water--Number and Volume [Excel 37k] | [PDF 61k]

Weather Events and Climate

362 - Coastline Counties Most Frequently Hit by Hurricanes [Excel 20k] | [PDF 62k]

388 - Tornadoes, Floods, Tropical Storms, and Lightning [Excel 33k] | [PDF 61k]

391 - Highest and Lowest Temperatures by State Through 2003 [Excel 44k] | [PDF 69k]

392 - Major U.S. Weather Disasters [Excel 32k] | [PDF 45k]

393 - Highest Temperature Of Record--Selected Cities [Excel 39k] | [PDF 78k]

394 - Lowest Temperature Of Record--Selected Cities [Excel 31k] | [PDF 79k]

395 - Snow, Hail, Ice Pellets, and Sleet--Selected Cities [Excel 43k] | [PDF 78k]

396 - Cloudiness, Average Wind Speed, Heating and Cooling Degree Days, and Average Relative Humidity--Selected Cities [Excel 38k] | [PDF 84k]

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau  |  The 2012 Statistical Abstract  |  Page Last Modified: June 27, 2012