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There are a number of general statistical sources. A good place to start is Statista. Statista is a paid for resource which provides market and consumer data from over 22,000 sources, covering 170 industries and over 80,000 topics. Quandl and UKDS.Stat are good free sources, aggregating data from a variety of other sources (including UN, World Bank, Eurostat, OECD etc).

Below you will find suggested statistical information sources for the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. 

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UK statistics

Local statistics

  • Neighbourhood statistics - Local statistics cover business, economy, employment, births, deaths, marriages, crime, cultural identity, education, childcare, elections, leisure, housing, health, wellbeing and social care.


  • Office for National Statistics - The site for the UK's official statistics, it includes information on the economy, population, and society.
  • Census 2001 and 2011 - Survey of the British population, covering employment, ethnicity, family, health, and housing. Datasets from 2001 and 2011 available from Infuse.
  • Census 1971 to 2001 - Available from Casweb.
  • Datashine Census - 2011 Census: a map view with context.
  • - A search engine for open data published by central government, local authorities and public bodies.
  • Regional Trends - Annual release until 2011 providing demographic, social, industrial and economic statistics for the regions. There are profiles of each region, including Yorkshire and the Humber. Or access the dataset.
  • Social Trends - A collection of social and economic data up until 2012. These are sourced from various government departments and organisations. They are designed to provide an illustration of current British society and chart its development. The dataset is also available.
  • Nomisweb - Labour market statistics by geographical region from ward to administrative region. 
  • UK Data Service - large collection of datasets including UK Census data, OECD data etc. You need to register to use it. As well as lots of UK data, there are also World Bank and OECD data sources available from here. Including a wide range of video tutorials and other help materials

Budgetary and Economic Statistics

  • Budget - These statistics cover the most recent budget and archive of earlier budgets up to 2010. Budgets from 2010-2012 and 2013 are also available. These outline the Government's economic and financial strategy, and review the performance and prospects of the economy.
  • UK National Accounts (The Blue Book) - The principal publication for national accounts statistics. It provides detailed estimates of national product, income and expenditure.
  • UK Balance of Payments (The Pink Book) - The basic reference book for balance of payments statistics. It includes information on visible trade, invisibles, investment and other capital transactions.

Business and Management statistics

Business and management statistics can be found in our subscribed resources like Euromonitor Passport. For more information consult the Business and Management guides.

Crime and Criminal Justice



  • Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics - Contains tables, commentary, and charts of U.K. energy production and consumption. There are sections dealing with the productions and consumption of individual fuels, oil and gas reserves, fuel prices, and foreign trade in fuels.


  • Family Spending - Random samples of private households in the UK. Shows, in detail, income and expenditure by type of household, some regional analyses are also included.
  • General Lifestyle survey from 1971-2007 known as General Household Survey - A continuous survey which ceased in 2012 was based on a sample of those resident in private households in Great Britain. It Included questions on population and fertility, housing, health, employment and education. The information is also available on ESDS.


Social Care


Transport Statistics - Annual release providing details on transport usage.

European statistics


  • Eurobarometer monitors the evolution of public opinion on key topics concerning European citizenship. These include culture, defence, enlargement, environment, the Euro, health, and social situation.
  • Eurostat is produced by the EU Statistical Office. Structural, long, and short term indicators are available free of charge. The online version of Statistics in Focus is also included which provides information on key statistical surveys.
  • UN Economic Commission for Europe provides tatistical datasets, including interesting data on economy, population, gender and development.



World statistics




  • Genderstats -A database of gender statistics and indicators available by country in three categories: Summary Gender Profile, Thematic Data, and Gender Monitoring. Data is also available by region for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.
  • UN Womenwatch - UN gender statistics. Collates several statistical sources from World Bank, UN FAO etc.