What’s the average travel time to work in Florida?
How many people in Colorado are registered to vote?
What’s the average science score for public school 4th graders in Nevada?
A good statistical information question is like librarian catnip. We love ’em. We know that somewhere in the vast infoverse some organization is collecting the data you need and we will try our hardest to find it. We have our usual go-to sources in print and online (I ❤ the Statistical Abstract), and now we have yet another great source of numbers: CQ Press’ State Stats.
In State Stats you can find data on questions related to agriculture, the economy, education, government, health, population, transportation, crime, employment, the environment, and social welfare. It’s an easy to use collection of statistical information from a wide variety of sources, perfect for students in any discipline who need to support their arguments with hard data.
Oh, and if you’re curious about the answers to the questions above, they are:
- 25.5 minutes
- 2,299,000 people
- 141 out of 300 (from the National Assessment of Educational Progress)