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Statistical Resources: Home

This guide provides links and information about useful collections of statistics of various kinds.

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Using Statistics

When either writing or speaking, using appropriate statistics can help prove or disprove your point.   Statistics can help provide concrete examples of a larger trend. give the basis for an important chart or graph, or make theoretical arguments tangible. This works best with statistics from reliable resources.  Logically weaving statistics into your essays, papers, or speeches will strengthen your work.

For instance, the best resource for information related to population growth or racial makeup would be found under census.gov and can generally be narrowed down to specific states, counties, or cities.  If you needed information about laws in a given state they may be found on state websites like scstatehouse.gov (for South Carolina).

There are two main branches of statistics:

  • Descriptive--concerns the numerical or quantitative data alone, and can help draw conclusions about a sample, rather than a population.
  • Inferential--concerns the conclusions drawn about an entire population which are inferred through the results of a random sampling of a population

Health & Healthcare Statistics

General Statistics - US

South Carolina Statistics

Crime