The Statistical Abstract of the United States has been a valuable research resource for more than 130 years, and represents the most comprehensive collection of statistics about the United States of America ever assembled. Valued not just as a source of raw data, but also as a starting point for locating information among the vast amount of data collected by U.S. Federal Government and private bodies.
The Statistical Abstract compiles information from more than 60 sources in and outside of the U.S. Federal Government, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Department of State to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the World Health Organization, covering social, political, and economic information. The Statistical Abstract is organized into 30 categories including agriculture, education, elections, forestry fishing and mining, income, population and prices.
The Statistical Abstract has been published annually without interruption since 1878 (available online from 1878, and in the Miami Libraries from 1882) and has spun off the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book (MU Libraries) and the County and City Data Book (MU Libraries).
If you would like a copy for yourself or your organization, print versions can be purchased through the U.S. Government Bookstore.
You might want to take the opportunity to acquire a copy.
2011 may be your last chance as funding for the Census Bureau in the 2012 U.S. budget does not currently include funds for the Statistical Compendia Branch which compiles The Statistical Abstract. Some plans are in place for a rushed publication of the 2012 edition, but without continued funding, 2011 could mark the end of a 133 year tradition of statistical compilation in the United States.
If you feel the The Statistical Abstract is a resource that deserves continued funding, please consider contacting your congressional representatives. Check back for more information on other efforts to continue the publication of this valuable source of information.