This annual factbook, published since 1878, contains more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts about our nation and the world. Among the broad topics covered are marriage and divorce, health, education, law enforcement, national security, social insurance, business, science and technology, agriculture, natural resources, energy, information and communications, banking and international statistics.
The source of the data is not limited to the Census Bureau — statistics are also derived from other federal agencies and private sources. Data in this edition are generally for the most recent year or period available by spring 2011.
The Statistical Abstract is available to all, and can be found at: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/.
For more information about the future of the Statistical Abstract and the way the Census collects data, see this article, as well as the follow-up article, both authored by Robert M. Groves, the Director of the Census Bureau.