1) Statistical Abstract of the United States
2) State and Metropolitan Data Book
3) USA Counties
4) County and City Data Book
The Statistical Abstract is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. All the most commonly requested tables are reproduced. Table notes direct you to the original publications, resulting in a veritable index to the statistical publications of the US.
5) U.S. Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/)
A guide to the Census Bureau, its programs, publications, and data. Useful features: “Subjects A to Z” (an extensive subject index), and FAQ’s (a knowledge base).
6) American Factfinder (http://factfinder.census.gov/)
This is a major tool for accessing data from the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and the Annual Economic Surveys.
7) Consumer Expenditure Survey (http://www.bls.gov/cex/)
Annual expenditure data. The CES is actually composed of two separate studies: an interview survey, and a diary study. There is roughly a 2 year lag in publishing.
The MLR, a monthly, is a major government periodical. Each issues includes research articles on a wide variety of economic topics and a regular set of current labor statistics.
County Business Patterns
Zip Code Business Patterns
Metro Business Patterns
Economic Census (http://www.census.gov/econ/census02/)
Conducted every 5 years (years ending in 2 and 7), with about a 2 year lag before reports begin to be issued.
NAICS – North American Industry Classification System (http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html)
Census Bureau, Company Statistics Division (http://www.census.gov/csd/)
Bureau of Economic Analysis (http://www.bea.gov/)
A major provider of economic statistics. Of special interest is their Industry Economic Accounts and Input-Output Accounts: http://www.bea.gov/Industry/Index.htm
EDGAR – SEC Filings (http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml)
Financial filings of public companies.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (http://catalog.gpo.gov)