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Most of the statistical sources listed here are available online but there are some printed publications held in the Brookes Library.
A UK census is held every 10 years. It provides detailed data on the British population, including age, birthplace, residence, migration, housing, employment etc.
UK Data Service
[online] 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
to analyse and download them. Their Open Data collections are available for anyone to use.
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:
Business, industry and trade - Office for National Statistics
[Online] 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
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
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
Economy - Office for National Statistics
[online] Latest statistics on UK economic activity from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covering production, distribution, consumption and trade of goods and services.
For further links to UK and international sources, see the
Statistics for Education page
Employment and labour market - Office for National Statistics
[online] 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:
SOC 2010 [online]. This is the current Standard Occupational Classification for the UK. For earlier versions, see the
Older versions are also available in print in the Headington Library Statistics Collection 331.70012/STA (2 vols).
For links to a wide range of health statistics, check the Library Subject Help page
Statistics for Health and Social Work
UK health statistics
UK food and diet statistics
International health statistics
World Health Organization -
Global Health Observatory (GHO)
[online] is a gateway to global health-related statistics
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
See the Business Subject Help pages on Marketing for links to other databases providing UK and global consumer data.
For more sources and guidance, see the
Subject Help pages for Hospitality and Tourism
United Nations (2000)
The world's women: trends and statistics. 2000
. 3rd edn. New York: United Nations [print] available in Headington Library Statistics Collection