Open Knowledge

National Statistics 100% open

United States


What data is expected?

Key national statistics such as demographic and economic indicators (GDP, unemployment, population, etc). To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • GDP for the whole country updated at least quarterly
  • Unemployment statistics updated at least monthly
  • Population updated at least once a year

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? Yes(Here)
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (XLS, CSV, PDF, HTML, RTF)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Available in bulk? Yes
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes published by US Census Bureau)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes

Details

Census.gov has data on a wide variety of national statistics including all major demographic and economic indicators (population, GDP etc etc). Tabular data is generally provided in machine-readable formats such as Excel (an open format such as CSV would be preferable but we still consider this acceptable). The data is also available "in bulk" in the sense that ther e are complete files plus data is available via automated access on an FTP site at http://www2.census.gov/ (where CSV files are often available). One point to note is that there are other sources of such data within the US government including the Bureau of Economic Analysis (http://bea.gov), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://bls.gov/) etc.

The data are openly licensed.

Reviewer comments

Data are current and open.

Contributors

Reviewers

  • Zach Christensen

Submitters

  • anonymous