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Statistics and Data

General Statistical Sources


U.S. Census 



  • FAOSTAT, from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, provides access to data for 245 countries and 35 regional areas from 1961 through the most recent year available.
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service, from the United States Department of Agriculture, provides data on crops, livestock, demographics, prices, etc.



  • EPA My Environment Just type in an address or geographic name, and find a cross-section of environmental information based on the location.
  • The Right-to-Know Network provides free access to numerous environmental databases. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects, and assess the people and communities affected. Includes data from the Toxic Release Inventory.
  • Surf Your Watershed Use this resource to identify your watershed and find associated environmental information.
  • EPA Environmental Dataset Gateway provides access to EPA's data sources organized by subject.
  • Energy Information Administration Energy statistics, including environmental data such as emissions and greenhouse gas. See also State Profiles and Country Profiles.
  • National Resources Inventory Data and analyses from the US Department of Agriculture on issues regarding the conservation and use of natural resources.  
  • USGS Water Data Water-resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 States.
  • Urban Sprawl Indices 
  • Global Forest Change maps forest extent and change, from 2000–2014.
  • Global Forest Watch an online forest monitoring and alert system that unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to provide access to timely and reliable information about forests.
  • ECOS: Environmental Conservation Online System from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides access to information regarding threatened and endangered species and critical habitat designation across the United States.
  • California Environmental Health Tracking Program Provides data and information on diseases and environmental threats to inform environmental and public health programs, research, and policies.
  • CIMIS (California Irrigation Management Information System)
  • NOAA National Data Center Online Not all data provided at this website if available for free to the general public. USF has access to some additional data sets from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), but these are only accessible from within the library and you must be logged onto the NCDC website by a librarian. Please contact the Gleeson Library Reference Desk or email the government information librarian at in order to use the NCDC product. 

Government Operations and Spending

  • This website is mandated by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to give the American public access to information on how their tax dollars are spent. The website provides quick and easy access to data from 2008 to the present. Historical data (from 2000 to the present) can be downloaded from the Data Archives. See also, a legacy project, for data from 2000-2011.
  • SF OpenBook San Francisco's budget, revenue, and expenses.
  • See how the U.S. Government invests in countries around the world.
  • Budget of the United States Government
  • National Priorities Project A non-governmental, non-profit organization that tracks federal tax and spending policies.
  • Contractor Misconduct Database from the Project On Government Oversight.
  • The Book of the States The Council of State Governments’ annual almanac of information about the states.

Campaign Finance and Lobbying

  • Provides data on money in national politics.
  • MAPLight A database which brings together campaign contributions with how legislators vote.
  • Follow the Money A database of campaign contributions at the state level 
  • Cal-Access Provides financial information on California state candidates, donors, and lobbyists. 
  • San Francisco Ethics Commission  The City's public portal for campaign finance


  • Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections The Atlas is a (mostly) free resource providing results of U.S. Presidential Elections. Data is collected from many official sources and presented in one convenient location. Please note that Gleeson Library does not have an account or subscription for this website and cannot provide access to datasets which are sold on this website.
  • Psephos is an online archive of election data from countries around the world.
  • ElectionGuide from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems