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General History: Historical Statistics

Value of a Dollar

The Value of a Dollar--Online Sources: | Inflation Calculator

How Much Is That? | Economic History Services

Inflation Calculator | Find US Dollar's Value from 1913-2012

Measuring Worth - Measures of worth, inflation rates, saving

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis -- What is a Dollar Worth?

The Shrinking Value of the Dollar —


The Value of a Dollar--Print Sources

A Century of Population Growth: From the 1st Census of the United States to the 12th, 1790-1900.  Washington, DC:  U. S. Bureau of the Census, 1909.


C   3.2:P81  

Includes data on sex, age, race, family, children, surnames, slaves, nationality and foreign birth, migration, occupations, and wealth.

Datapedia of the United States, 1790-2000: America Year by Year.  By George Thomas Kurian. Lanham, MD: Bernan Press, 1994.
Documents (Reference)

HA  202 .K871 1994

Historical Statistics of Black America Ed. Jessie Carney Smith and Carrell Peterson Horton. 2 vols.  New York: Gale Research, 1995.

E185 .H543 1995
Statistics on population, agriculture, education, labor, crime and law enforcement, family, religion, vital statistics, housing, and other topics such as slavery and lynchings.

Historical Statistics of the States of the United States: Two Centuries of the Census, 1790-1990.  Compiled by Donald B. Dodd.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.
LIBRARY WEST            

HA  214 .D63 1993

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970.  2 vols.  Washington: U. S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1975.
LIBRARY WEST          

HA  202 .B87 1975

International Historical Statistics : the Americas, 1750-1993.  Compiled by B. R. Mitchell.
4th ed.  New York : Stockton Press, 1998.
LIBRARY WEST            

HA  175 .M55x 1998
Statistics on population, labor, industry, trade, finance, education, agriculture, price indexes and other topics.

Population Abstract of the United States. Ed. Donna Andriot.  McLean, VA: Documents Index, Inc., 1983.

HA  202 .P671 1993
Each state section has a brief history of the state and the historical population totals for state, counties, and cities from 1980 back to the earliest census.

The Population of the United States: Historical Trends and Future Projections.  By Donald J. Bogue.  New York: Free Press, 1985.
LIBRARY WEST          

HB  3505 .B63 1985

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington, DC:  U. S. Bureau of the Census. 1878-.
LIBRARY WEST            

HA  202 .U5

The Value of a Dollar, Prices and Income in the United States, 1860-1999. Lakeville, CT: Grey House, 1999.
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Business Reference

HB  235.U6 V35x 1999
Arranged by time period, this source gives data on investments, income for selected/standard jobs, and food and other commodity prices.


Below are some commonly requested statistics, both online and in print.  For a VERY comprehensive list including U.S. and international statistics sources, as well as topical sources, see Statistical Information World-wide   

American FactFinder

Recent data.

Social Explorer

Data and terminology are drawn from the U.S. Census of Population and Housing, Geospatial and Statistical Data Center, University of Virginia.

Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000

National Historical Geographic Information System  ( NHGIS)

Provides aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States,1790 -- 2000.

Statistical Abstract of the United States  (UF only)

Digest of major statistics from many U.S. agencies including the Census Bureau since 1878.

Vital Statistics of the United States  1890-2003   


Other Countries:

      Canada Census Databases

            From:  Library and Archives Canada website (European Economic History Services)

     Supported by Economic History Association.  Provides economic-historical data for various countries, mainly Britain and USA, for example interest rates in USA 1790-2001, the purchasing power of the British pound 1264-2004, and the exchange rate between dollar and pound 1791-2004.



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