Statistics

Multi-topic statistical sources

UK: key online sources

Office for National Statistics (ONS) UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics, ONS collects and publishes statistics on a wide range of topics. They also conduct the census in England and Wales every 10 years.

Gov.uk: Statistics provides access to statistics produced by UK government departments and many other agencies and public bodies.

UK: census

A UK census is held every 10 years. It provides detailed data on the British population, including age, birthplace, residence, migration, housing, employment etc. 

The most recent census was undertaken in 2021. The ONS (Office for National Statistics) aims to release the first results for Census 2021 data on the population of England and Wales in Summer 2022. Find out more from the ONS Census page.

UK: other useful sources of statistics

  • Annual Abstract of Statistics [print] 1852-2010 available in the Headington Library Statistics Collection 314.1 GRE
  • British Social Attitudes freely available online, this survey has been carried out annually by NatCen since 1983 and tracks changes in people's social, political and moral attitudes. Print copies of older issues (1984-2012) are also available in the Library shelved at 303.380941/BRI
  • Living in Britain: results from the General household survey 1994- [print] - available in Headington Library Statistics Collection 312.0941/GRE
  • Local Statistics (NeSS) UK local information.
  • Monthly digest of statistics [print] 1995-2015 - available in Headington Library Statistics Collection 314.1/GRE
  • Regional trends [print] 1979-2001 - available in Headington Library Statistics Collection 314.1/REG.
  • Social Trends [print] 1973; 1977-2011 available in the Headington Library Statistics Collection 310/SOC and 1970-2011 available at Harcourt Hill Library (Stack). Coverage ceased in 2011.

UK: datasets

  • UK Data Service is a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international and business macro data, qualitative studies and census data. Datasets available through the service include international macro data from the World Bank, IMF and OECD, as well as UK data. Users can browse the collections online and register to analyse and download them. Their Open Data collections are available for anyone to use.
  • UK Data Archive provides access to the UK's largest collection of social and economic data. They hold thousands of data collections, both quantitative and qualitative, for social science research and teaching.

Global statistical sources

International datasets

UK Data Service is a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international and business macro data, qualitative studies and census data. Datasets available through the service include international macrodata from the World Bank, IMF and OECD, as well as UK data. Users can browse the collections online and register to analyse and download them. Their Open Data collections are available for anyone to use.

Statistics by country or area

Australia

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Canada

Statistics Canada: Statistique Canada

China

National Bureau of Statistics of China : English language source

European Union

Eurostat European Commission website providing statistical information on EU countries

Europe in figures: Eurostat yearbook

Eurobarometer surveys monitor the evolution of public opinion in all 28 EU Member States. The aim is to assess EU citizens’ awareness of and support for the European Union's activities. Each survey consists of approximately 1000 face-to-face interviews per country.

European Social Survey (ESS) a biennial cross-national survey of attitudes and behaviour established in 2001

France

Conseil national de l'information statistique (CNIS)

Institute national de la statistiques et des études économiques (INSEE): Statistiques

India

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation: Government of India

Japan

Web Japan is a good resource for high quality statistical data on many Japanese issues

USA

Statistical Abstracts of the United States is a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States, coverage goes up to 2010 when publication ceased

USA Government statistics

Historical statistics - UK and international

The Library holds a series of publications which specifically cover historical statistics:

Another good source for the UK is:

Topic-specific sources listed below may also cover a wide period, for example:

  • Charlton, J. and Murphy, M. (eds.) (1997) The Health of adult Britain, 1841-1994 London: Stationery Office. [print] In 2 vols. Available in Headington Library Statistics Collection 312.20942/GRE


Statistical sources on specific topics

Births, deaths and marriages (UK)

Births, deaths and marriages - Office for National Statistics latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), including conceptions and fertility rates, maternities, live births and stillbirths, marriages, divorces, civil partnerships, cohabitation, family composition, life expectancies and deaths.

Business, industry and trade (UK and international)

Business, industry and trade - Office for National Statistics latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), including data on the production and trade of goods and services, sales by retailers, characteristics of businesses, the construction and manufacturing sectors, and international trade.

The Business Subject Help pages provide a wealth of links to statistical sources on business and economics topics. Take a look at their guides to Statistics and UK Statistics

Construction, housing and planning (UK)

NHBC (National House-Building Council) UK new house-building statistics

Crime (UK)

Defence (international)

Development (international)

Economy (UK and international)

The Business Course Resource Help pages provide a wealth of links to statistical sources on business and economics topics. Take a look at their guides to Statistics and UK Statistics

UK economy

Economy - Office for National Statistics latest statistics on UK economic activity from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covering production, distribution, consumption and trade of goods and services.

Older sources:

International

Education (UK and international)

UK

For further links to UK and international sources, see the Statistics for Education page

Electoral statistics (UK)

Elections - Office for National Statistics latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), including analysis of the number of people registered to vote in the UK.

Employment and labour market (UK and international)

UK

Employment and labour market - Office for National Statistics latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), covering employment, unemployment, types of work, earnings, working patterns and workplace disputes.

Employment and labour market figures for the UK were previously published in these print series, some of which are available online:

International

Energy, resources and the environment (UK and international)

UK

International

  • European Environment Agency Data and maps
  • European Environment Agency (2007) Europe's environment: the fourth assessment . Copenhagen: European Environment Agency [print] available in the Headington Library Statistics Collection 333.70212/EUR
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2011) State of the world's forests. 2011 . Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [print] available in the Headington Library Statistics Collection 333.75/STA
  • World Resources Institute Maps & data

Food and agriculture (UK and international)

UK

International

Income, spending and retail (UK and international)

UK

Older sources:

Family expenditure survey [print] 1957-1989, later: Family spending [print] 1990- . These series are available in the Headington Library Statistics Collection 339.40212/FAM

UK and international

  • Mintel [Brookes login required] provides UK market research reports which cover how people spend their leisure time, including sport, holidays, food and drink, retail etc.
  • Passport (Euromonitor) [Brookes login required] contains full text UK and international market research reports published by Euromonitor. Use our guides to searching Passport

See the Business Course Resource Help pages on Marketing for links to other databases providing UK and global consumer data.

Leisure, tourism and travel (UK and international)

UK

  • Leisure and tourism - Office for National Statistics latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Includes figures on visits and visitors to the UK, the reasons for visiting and the amount of money they spent here. Also UK residents travelling abroad, their reasons for travel and the amount of money they spent.
  • Tourism industry - Office for National Statistics latest UK tourism and travel statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), including accommodation services, food and beverage services, passenger transport services, vehicle hire, travel agencies and sports, recreational and conference services), employment levels and output of the tourism industry, the number of visitors to the UK and the amount they spend.
  • Mintel [Brookes login required] gives access to UK market research reports. Includes UK leisure reports, plus international travel and tourism reports.
  • VisitBritain UK domestic tourism statistics
  • British Beer & Pub Association Statistical handbook [print] latest edition available at Headington Library Statistics Collection 338.4766330212/BRE. Handbooks for 1973-2007 and 2009-2015 are available in the National Brewing Library.

International

  • Passport (Euromonitor) [Brookes login required] contains data and market research reports for the UK and beyond. To find tourism statistics and reports, choose Industries from the top menu, then Travel. You can focus your search by geographical area to find statistics from a specific country. Use our guide for further tips on searching Passport.
  • Yearbook of Tourism Statistics, produced by the World Tourism Organization. Headington Library holds 2015 edition (data 2009-2013) and 2010 edition (data 2004-2008) [print]

For more sources and guidance, see the Course Resource Help pages for Hospitality and Tourism

Population and migration (UK and international)

UK

International

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