Here are some links to free data sets on the Web!
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Probably one of the most comprehensive and easiest-to-use compliations of US data sets on the web. Most recent data is from 2012. Mostly national-level statistics. Data tables downloadable in Excel format. Some examples of topics:
- Wages & Earnings
- School enrollment
- Educational Attainment
US Population data from the census. You can narrow to the state level, down to zip code, if you like:
Pew Research Cener Datasets
Pew Research is a nonpartisan think tank that does research and analysis on social issues and trends in the US, as well as internationally. You can download the data from their surveys.
- U.S. Politics & Policy
- Journalism & Media
- Internet, Science, & Technology
- Religion & Public Life
- Hispanic Trends
- Global Attitudes & Trends
- Social & Demographic Trends
These three repositories are just the tip of the iceberg. For many more data set repositories, check out our general Statistics libguide!