Statistical data can often be very useful when forming a strong argument, but finding the statistics you need/want is not always straightforward.
Finding the right statistics often means digging through websites and reports. Below are a few websites that you can start with to begin your search.
The main source for United States Census results. Find population, housing, economic, and geographic information.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
The BJS's mission is to release statistics related to crime, criminal offenders, victims, and the various justice systems across all levels of government.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use this resource as a guide to more in-depth government statistics. No longer updated but still very useful.
National Center for Education Statistics: Fast Facts
Information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning.
Finding and Using Data
At K-State Libraries we have a team of librarians who support students and faculty on data collecting, open data, data management, census information, and other data services. These librarians are in the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship and you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple of the online resources they have created are research guides for finding and using data. They are listed below.
Data - Numeric Resources
Sources of freely available data and statistics for all subjects. You'll find some social science specific information here about how to find data in areas such as demographics, crime, and surveys.
Free tools to help visualize your data.
Information about the basics of data management and resources for researchers.