RAND State Statistics database trial

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The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) has provided all of its members with month-long trial access to the new RAND State Statistics database. The trial runs through the month of November 2011.

The RAND database is a new product launched last summer. It offers a one-stop shop for nearly 80 statistical databases providing data at the state and county levels, while several provide data at the city/town level. Databases range from Economics (employment, wages, foreign trade, airline operations, etc.) to Population/Demographics (populations, projections, immigration, mortality, etc.) to Education (enrollment, finances, teacher salaries, etc.) and more (Health and Socioeconomic, Government Finance, Energy and Environment, and Community).

The following subjects areas are covered:

Business and Economics ▸ contains information on employment, unemployment, industry and occupational wages, occupational projections, construction, bankruptcies, inflation, foreign trade (imports and exports), gross state product, personal and per capita income, farm income, and airport operating statistics.
Community ▸ includes a number of “quality of life” databases, such as the number of crimes and crime rates, population density, national parks acreage and usage.
Education ▸ reports enrollment and student demographics for U.S. K12 schools and U.S. Colleges.
Energy and Environment ▸ reports energy sources, energy consumption, energy expenditures, and prices by state, installed wind power, and estimated water usage by state.
Government Finance ▸ reports revenues and expenditures by state, spending by program and agency, and local government spending in U.S. counties, cities, and special districts.
Health and Socioeconomic ▸ includes transfer of payments (retirement, Medicare, SSI, food stamps, unemployment insurance, veterans’ benefits), and drug-related deaths (accidental, intentional, and undetermined causes)
Population and Demographics ▸ contains U.S., county, and city population estimates, including population estimates by race, ethniticy, and age for most areas. It also includes population projections, border crossing and immigration statistics, deportations and naturalizations.

Access to this trial is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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