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.
- 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.
- Data.gov - 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.
Crime and Criminal Justice
- Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) - An annual sample survey of the earnings of employees in Britain. Offers analyses by age, collective agreement, industry, occupation, and region.
- Labour Force Survey - Survey of employment running since 1973. Also carried out throughout Europe and available from Eurostat.
- 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.
- Information Centre for Health & Social Care/Social care statistics - England’s central, authoritative source of health and social care information. The section on social care statistics covers areas such as carer support, older adults, learning disability, children’s services etc.
- Safelives (previously known as CAADA) - key statistics on the prevalence of domestic abuse.
- Data.gov / Social care - Searchable website of UK government data. The section on social care covers areas such as adoption, adult assessment, carers, children in care, outcome indicators etc.
- NSPCC statistics Statistics on child abuse: an overview of available statistics for the four UK nations.
Transport Statistics - Annual release providing details on transport usage.
- 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.
- Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, Publications - Offers access to reports, studies and analyses. The publications are grouped into four series by topic: European Economy, Economic Papers, Enlargement Papers, and Occasional Papers.
- European Industrial Relations Observatory on-line (EIRO) - Collects, analyses, and publishes information on major developments in European industrial relations. Use the comparative information link to view annual reviews, comparative studies, and EIRO reports.
- World Bank databank - Key data from the world bank covering World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance. Data can be searched, tables automatically generated or reports exported in excel format.
- UN databases - List of UN databases, many bibliographic, but includes statistical databases.
- CIA World Factbook provides facts and figures on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues of countries.
- United Nations List of Official Statistical organisations - List of national, UN, intergovernmental and non-governmental statistics organisations.
- International Monetary Fund, Staff Country Reports -Detailed information by country. There are also links to the country's bank and finance websites. The IMF also has a huge range of data and statistics which can be searched and exported to excel.
- UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) offers a useful list of links to the official government and regional statistical agencies of countries.
- 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.