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Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012

Report Number Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012 (131st Edition)

The U.S. Census Bureau terminated the collection of data for the Statistical Compendia program effective October 1, 2011. The Statistical Compendia program is comprised of the Statistical Abstract of the United States and its supplemental products—the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book and the County and City Data Book. To access the most current data, please refer to the organizations cited in the source notes for each table of the Statistical Abstract.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published from 1878 to 2012, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

It is designed to serve as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to other statistical publications and sources both in print and on the Web.

These sources of data include the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.


Section 1. Population
This section presents statistics on the growth, distribution, and characteristics of the U.S. population.


Section 2. Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces
This section presents vital statistics data on births, deaths, abortions, fetal deaths, fertility, life expectancy, marriages, and divorces.


Section 3. Health and Nutrition
This section presents statistics on health expenditures, health insurance, hospitals, injuries, diseases, disability status, nutrition, and food consumption.


Section 4. Education
This section presents data primarily concerning formal education as a whole, at various levels, and for public and private schools.


Section 5. Law Enforcement, Courts, and Prisons
This section presents data on crimes committed, victims of crimes, arrests, and data related to criminal violations and the criminal justice system.


Section 6. Geography and Environment
This section presents information on the physical environment of the United States, starting with basic area measurement data and ending with climatic data.


Section 7. Elections
This section relates primarily to presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections.


Section 8. State and Local Government Finances and Employment
This section presents data on revenues, expenditures, debt, and employment of state and local governments.


Section 9. Federal Government Finances and Employment
This section presents statistics relating to the financial structure and the civilian employment of the federal government.


Section 10. National Security and Veterans Affairs
This section displays data for national security (national defense and homeland security) and benefits for veterans.


Section 11. Social Insurance and Human Services
This section presents data related to governmental expenditures for social insurance & human services; private pension plans; and many other federal programs.


Section 12. Labor Force, Employment, and Earnings
This section presents statistics on the labor force; its distribution by occupation and industry affiliation; and the supply, demand, and conditions of labor.


Section 13. Income, Expenditures, Poverty, and Wealth
This section presents data on gross domestic product, gross national product, saving and investment, money income, poverty, and national and personal wealth.


Section 14. Prices
This section presents indexes of producer and consumer prices, actual prices for selected commodities, and energy prices.


Section 15. Business Enterprise
This section relates to the place and behavior of the business firm and to business initiative in the American economy.


Section 16. Science and Technology
This section presents statistics on scientific, engineering, and technological resources, funding; personnel; education; and employment.


Section 17. Agriculture
This section presents statistics on farms and farm operators; land use; income, expenditures, and debt; farm output; crops; and livestock and poultry.


Section 18. Forestry, Fishing, and Mining
This section presents data on the area, ownership, production, trade, reserves, and disposition of natural resources.


Section 19. Energy and Utilities
This section presents statistics on fuel resources, energy production and consumption, and the electric and gas utility industries.


Section 20. Construction and Housing
This section presents data on the construction industry; housing units both characteristics and occupants; and vacancy rates for commercial buildings.


Section 21. Manufactures
This section presents summary data for manufacturing as a whole and more detailed information for major industry groups and selected products.


Section 22. Wholesale and Retail Trade
This section presents statistics relating to the distributive trades, specifically wholesale trade and retail trade.


Section 23. Transportation
This section presents data on civil air transportation, water transportation, ocean-borne commerce, the merchant marine, cargo, and vessel tonnages.


Section 24. Information and Communications
This section presents statistics on information and communications media and telecommunications; and information services, such as libraries.


Section 25. Banking, Finance, and Insurance
This section presents data on the nation's finances, various types of financial institutions, money and credit, securities, insurance, and real estate.


Section 26. Arts, Recreation, and Travel
This section presents data on the arts, entertainment, recreation, personal recreational activities, the arts and humanities, and domestic and foreign travel.


Section 27. Accommodation, Food Services, and Other Services
This section presents statistics on services not covered elsewhere on domestic trade, transportation, communications, financial services, & recreation services.


Section 28. Foreign Commerce and Aid
This section presents data on goods, services, & capital between the United States & other countries; international investments; & foreign assistance programs.


Section 29. Puerto Rico and the Island Areas
This section presents summary economic and social statistics for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.


Section 30. International Statistics
This section presents statistics for the world as a whole and for many countries on a comparative basis with the United States.

Sources of Data

The Abstract is also your guide to sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and private organizations.

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