Written by Rochelle Krueger, Government Documents Librarian
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. The Census Bureau ceased production of the Statistical Abstract in 2012; however, newer versions are compiled and distributed by ProQuest.
Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference and as a guide to other valuable statistical publications and sources. The annual portrait covers information such as population, education, trade, prices, foreign commerce, and international statistics, from many Federal agencies and private organizations, such as the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Print versions of all abstracts can be found in the Government Documents section of the library at GovDoc C 3.134 (2013 version in Government Documents reference section). A new copy is also kept behind the reference desk.
Online historical Statistical Abstracts (1878-2012) can be found at: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/