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Websites with Good Data
American Customer Satisfaction Index
Analyzes customer satisfaction for household products and services available to U.S. consumers
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Data for US, regional, state, local areas
Digital marketing community with reports and analysis.
FREE Read-only access to most publications, journals, data, and series published by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs.
US Census Bureau
Collects and disseminates data gathered from various surveys and instruments, including the Population Census conducted every 10 years.
World Trade Organization
International organization that deals with trade between nations.
Go to the Business Resources Guide for more website recommendations, databases, and tools.
Data About Los Angeles and California
California Demographics Reports
Research and analysis based on census data from 1990, 2000, and 2010.
Community Facts: Los Angeles County
Browse U.S. Census Bureau data for LA county in American FactFinder
LAPD Crime Mapping
Crime statistics searchable by type and location.
LAPL Business, Company & Consumer Information
Selected list of free resources on banking, real estate, companies, statistics, small businesses, and more, with a focus on California and Los Angeles.
Mapping LA Neighborhoods
Interactive map of Los Angeles neighborhoods, designed to be a tool for reporters and editors to be consistent when describing neighborhoods in news stories.
York and Fig
Radio series and website. Deep dive into the gentrification and economic changes in Highland Park in 2015. Produced by the Wealth and Poverty Desk of Marketplace.
Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center is a non-partisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions.
Research areas include:
Opposing Viewpoints Database
CAUTION: Data Manipulation
Whenever you are working with statistics, be mindful of the underlying data:
- Who gathered the data? Why are they gathering it?
- How did they collect the data? Was the data self-reported?
- What questions were asked? Did they including leading questions?
- What is the sample size? Is it large enough to be significant?
- Who is reporting the data? Why?
Learn more about thinking critically about statistics:
- Mona Chalabi: 3 Ways to Spot a Bad Statistic: TED talk
No BS (Bad Stats) by What if everything you thought you knew about Black people generally, and educating Black children specifically, was based on BS (bad stats)? Ivory A. Toldson uses data analysis, anecdotes, and powerful commentary to dispel common myths and challenge conventional beliefs about educating Black children. With provocative, engaging, and at times humorous prose, Toldson teaches educators, parents, advocates, and students how to avoid BS, raise expectations, and create an educational agenda for Black children that is based on good data, thoughtful analysis, and compassion. No BS helps people understand why Black people need people who believe in Black people enough not to believe every bad thing they hear about Black people.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2019-02-01