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General History: Historical Statistics

Value of a Dollar

Dollar bill

Online Sources

DollarTimes.com | Inflation Calculator

How Much Is That? | Economic History Services

Inflation Calculator | Find US Dollar's Value from 1913 to present

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 — Infoplease.com

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970.  2 vols.  Washington: U. S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1975.  In print: LIBRARY WEST, Reference Call no: HA  202 .B87 1975

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

Print Sources

Historical Statistics of Black America.  Ed. Jessie Carney Smith and Carrell Peterson Horton. 2 vols.  New York: Gale Research, 1995.  LIBRARY WEST  Reference Call no: 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.

International Historical Statistics : the Americas, 1750-1993.  Compiled by B. R. Mitchell.
4th ed.  New York : Stockton Press, 1998. UF SMATHERS, Latin America General Collection Call no: HA  175 .M55x 1998.
Statistics on population, labor, industry, trade, finance, education, agriculture, price indexes and other topics.

The Value of a Dollar, Prices and Income in the United States, 1860-1999. Lakeville, CT: Grey House, 2009. LIBRARY WEST Reference Call no: HB  235.U6 V35x 2009.

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

Statistics

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   

United States

data.census.gov

Search all U.S. Census data through this new (July 1, 2019) portal.  Supercedes American Fact Finder.

American FactFinder

Archival source of U. S. Census data, to be retired Spring 2020.

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

EH.net (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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