Best Bets for Data, Statistics, & Graphics

Picture of statistical report documentThe following resources provide statistics, data, and information visualizations like charts and graphs. 

Understanding Data

Company & Industry Data

Data and statistics on companies and industries is a common request. These sources provide thoroughly researched and robust informational reports with a focus on companies (Mergent Online) and industries (IBISWorld). 

Statistical Resources on the Web

Search Tip

In most web search engines, including Google, you can add site: before either a specific address (ex: or domain (ex: gov, org, or edu).  For example:

motor vehicle theft rates site:gov

Example Google search

The U.S. federal government is a large publisher of statistics and many basics statistics researchers and businesses rely on come from them, especially for U.S.-focused queries.  For many basic statistics, limiting your search with site:gov will help limit your results to factual, reliable sources. Note this will also cut out non-U.S. federal sources that are valuable, so we recommend conducting a regular search without this limiter as well if you need more sources. 

You can also visit individual department or organization websites that offer statistics in a particular area. For direct access to some frequently used data hubs, visit the links below.

Example Sites