The US Census Bureau is the official US census organization conducting population census every 10 years, censuses of economic activity, and of state and local governments, as well as more than 100 other surveys to collect general statistical information in order to compile statistics. Its online data service offers access to almost all this huge quantity of demographic, economic, governmental and social statistics. Direct access to Census data sets is possible as well as to many other databases and data archives, comprising US statistical data, codebooks, explanations sheets and row data. The site also provides the downloading of the softwares, which are useful to manipulate and elaborate census data. Data are available in several different formats and can be searched with advanced options and different criteria. In each section of the website refined search features are available. Collected data are made available by the Census Bureau at no charge. Access to US Census Bureau Data is in fact completely free for all users. Non-online records can be purchased. Links to external pertinent websources and data are available. The US Census Bureau website is extremely rich in info and data so that the highly-refined help tools are very useful to allow users to locate and retrieve the desired information.
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A comprehensive collection of political participation statistics
IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) Voter Turnout website contains the most comprehensive global collection of political participation statistics available. The project is based on the assumption that participation, whether through the institutions of civil society, political parties, or the act of voting, is increasingly being seen as an essential prerequisite of any stable democracy. Analyzing the state of democracy around the world, IDEA has thus chosen to focus on one dimension of political participation – voter turnout. . The figures for national presidential and parliamentary elections since 1945 are presented country by country, using both the number of registered voters and voting age population as indicators. Also available are the most recent indicators of literacy and human development, as well as other data and material. As a project managed by IDEA with a global scope, this database is completely free of charge and provides users with a good amount of retrievable material, mostly charts and statistics diplayed directly on screen, while many available IDEA publications can also be requested free of charge.