The Sociologist’s Compendium of World Statistics

Written By Staff

Sociological statistics are ever-changing, influenced constantly by new studies and advancing technologies. For sociologists and students who need socio-oriented data, trying to keep up on the latest research can be a challenge. You can take some of the stress away from the stat-search by tapping into our pool of links to the most complete, professional statistic resources the web has to offer.

Population Statistics

U.S. Census Bureau: QuickFacts: For an easy rundown on the population features of the United States, use this link. The Census Bureau contains far more specific information on states and economic indicators, if you are willing to dig deeper.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe: Quick Statistics: Certainly the UNECE include population and fertility data. It also has topics on national transportation, labor wages, and education. No matter what field you are interested in, start here for reliable international data.

Worldometers: The population meter is interesting, but the Society and Media meter draws attention more easily. The Food and Energy meters are also fascinating to watch or reference – they make for ideal teaching tools.

Health Statistics

STATCompiler: Feel like creating your own table, chart, line graph, or thematic map? This online tool lets you pick a style, then countries, then statistical data to form your own custom displays. Most information is related to population information and health/birth statistics, making this tool ideal for broad social or health-related studies.

WHO: Global Health Observatory: The opening page explores noncommunicable disease rates around the world, but you can also search by country for many World Health Organization-related disease statistics.

CDC: FastStats A to Z: When it comes to American statistics on disease and disorders, this CDC list is one of the most complete available.

Graphic Sociology: Cigarette Use: With basic icons and an easy chart following the habits of major countries, this graph shows how cigarette use is divided between genders and how many adults smoke in each area. The rest of the blog-like website contains valuable information as well.

Crime and Justice Statistics

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Follow the new releases to see the latests studies, or choose a specific topic such as court stats, crime type stats, or expenditure on crime in the United States. If you wanted to find an American fact on crime, this is the place to look.

European Sourcebook: Links to Crime and Criminal Justice: Pick your country – as long as it is in Europe or the United States. Each link takes you straight to the source of criminal justice data for that nation. Some translation may be required, but direct source material has never been easier.

UNECE: Crime and Violence: This particular UNECE deserves a shout-out for its excellent crime statistics, which can be buried under the other tables the UNECE provides. Look up data on victims, type of crime, and the year/country researched to find the latest information.

Education Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics: Start at this page, then pick the education data you are most interested in, from early childhood to postsecondary education. Under each topic a broad amount of information is grouped into charts exploring every aspect of American schools, from academic performance to tech and building features.

BLS: Education Pays: Link income and employment in America effortlessly with this simple Bureau of Labor Statistics chart.

Worldbank: Education: Data and Statistics: Begin by picking a country and an education topic like trained teachers, enrollment rates, and pupil-teacher ratios.The Worldbank has many other statistical resources you can use if your interests take you beyond education.

UNESCO: Education: Think of this link as an education homepage for statistics. It shows the latest news on studies and provides a wealth of links to particular information, including international goals and higher education data. It may take a few clicks to reach actual percentages, but it is a great starting point for a broad amount of information.

Income and Wealth Statistics

OECD Stat Extracts: It is difficult to narrow this stat tool down to a specific topic, since it covers everything from agriculture and health status to GDP information. However, most of the information is related to income and trade. Choose your topic and create a search for international results.

Cross-National Data Center: Employment Key Figures By Gender: This Luxembourg project collects gender information on employment, population, hours worked, poverty rates and annual earnings across a broad number of countries. The amount of data offered makes this a required resource for global gender studies.

World Hunger: 2012 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics: This FAQ-like web page gives you information on poverty levels and the number of people who struggle with hunger on a global level.

Resource and Environment Statistics

NationMaster: Environment: Nationmaster is a handy reference tool for many statistics, but this particular link takes you to U.S. information on environmental protection, pollution, and threatened species.

The Environmental Performance Index: This link takes you to the map-views of the EPI data, which gives you easy-to-understand world charts that show ecosystem vitality, environmental health objectives, and other key information.

World Resources Institute: This collection of professional studies on global environmental conditions yields valuable information on water levels, hunger, resource management, etc. Search through the Publications section for more specific information.