The Applied Research Center is a "racial justice think tank" devoted to media and activism. The core of the site is more than 220 extensive and free reports that focus on societal issues through the lens of race. Popular general topics include "Education & Youth," "Immigration," "Poverty & Welfare Policy," and more. Content contains both qualitative and quantitative research.
Statista aggregates data on markets, industry, politics, economics, and population. Users can export data sets in a variety of formats. Sources include trade publications, market and opinion research institutions, government sources, business and economic databases, reference publications, media sources, and scholarly articles.
Sage Stats contains data and statistics from more than 100 different government and non-government sources, on topics such as the environment, education, criminal justice, healthcare, and more. Users can create and compare charts and data visualizations, and export them as static images or interactive links.
Links to government statistics from business, economic, military, justice, health and environmental agencies, among others.
A few things to consider
Who cares about this information?
Statistics cost a lot of money to collect and analyze. Who cares enough about the information to collect it? Some of the most likely stats collectors include governments, marketers, trade groups, and advocacy associations.
Depending on your subject area, finding useful statistics can be very challenging. Here are a few things to think about when trying to find a statistic:
The most recent statistic may not be from this year.
Because statistics take time and money to collect and disseminate, the most recent ones may sometimes be a few years old.
Follow the trail.
Finding statistics can sometimes be an exercise in detective work. Always look at the source of the statistic. If you read an article and it sites a source, e.g., the CDC or Pew Research, consult that source. It may provide additional statistics or context that wasn't referenced in the article.
Evaluate the source.
As with all information, you should evaluate the source providing the statistic. Are they biased? Is the group or website reliable? Do they provide access to data that the statistic came from?
Read the statistic carefully.
Be sure to pay close attention to any information provided about how the statistic was collected, etc. You don't want to misrepresent the statistic or its significance in your own writing.