Statistics are useful for social work practice because they provide information about social issues. Look for statistics on this guide if you need information/numbers about a topic. If you need raw numbers to download and analyze yourself, search for datasets.
If you need datasets on a topic, search the following three resources:
Include your topic keywords, along with the word dataset.
Example: juvenile recidivism dataset
Tip: If the word dataset does not help, try the phrase raw data.
Datasets from these sources are in a downloadable format such as a spreadsheet (.xls, xlsx, or .csv).
Statistics listed here are available in HTML, PDF, or spreadsheet (.xls, .csv, .xlsx) format.
View this 7-minute video (above) from the U.S. Census Bureau to learn how to find information about your hometown or community.