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Singapore statistics

For medical statistics take a look at the Medical subject guide page on health statistics.

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Statistics databases

These are free and paid databases, maintained by either commericial outfits or by international agencies like the UN, WTO, World Bank etc,

Health Statistics

  • World Health Organization
    Contains the annual World Health Reports and access to statistical information such as the Global Health-For-All Indicators, the Mortality Database, Weekly Epimiological Record, Demographic and Health Surveys, etc. The WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS) also enables searching of WHO information by disease topic, and includes links to selected statistical tools and applications useful in epidemiological and statistical work.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Features useful resources such as reports on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, birth defects, tuberculosis, and assisted reproductive technology success rates in the United States.
  • National Center for Health Statistics
    Includes the National Health Interview Survey, the National Immunization Survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the National Survey of Family Growth, the National Health Care Survey, the National Employer Health Insurance Survey, the National Mortality Followback Survey, and the National Vital Statistics System consisting of the Birth Data and Mortality Data.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
    This series is prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It includes useful links to health related resources such as the EPO (Epidemiology Program Office) Publications and Software, U.S. State Health departments, and other health resources on the Internet.
  • National Institutes of Health
    This metasite contains hundreds of links to useful resources on Health Information, Scientific Resources, Institutes and Offices, Grants and Contracts, News and Events, etc. The NIH Health Information Index features an alphabetical list of information on diseases, NIH research areas, and important health-related topics.

General search engine for datasets

Government Data

These are free datasets provided by governments

Panel, Longitudinal, Microdata

  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics
    "The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), begun in 1968, is a longitudinal study of a representative sample of U.S. individuals (men, women, and children) and the family units in which they reside. It emphasizes the dynamic aspects of economic and demographic behavior, but its content is broad, including sociological and psychological measures."
  • Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (International)
    The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series International database contains 397 million person census records from 62 countries around the world. Some data dates to 1960. Registration and approval is required to obtain and utilize the data and is strictly for study and research purposes.
  • Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (USA)
    "The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA) consists of more than fifty high-precision samples of the American population drawn from fifteen federal censuses and from the American Community Surveys of 2000-2009. Some of these samples have existed for years, and others were created specifically for this database."
  • National Longitudinal Surveys - Bureau of Labor Statistics (US)
    "The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers."
  • A guide to longitudinal resources
    "This site aims to provide an up-to-date guide to major longitudinal sources of data. The central purpose of this site is to allow users to see what kinds of longitudinal data are available and to locate information about studies which may provide data useful to their research interests."
  • Other Panel Data
  • Survey Meta Data Repository - RAND
    Search Longitudinal studies for micro data relating to Health, ageing and family. Includes Korean, China, Indonesian studies. Some of the studies allow data to be downloaded on request.
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
    ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.
  • WHO SAGE Data
    WHO Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE). Datasets from 70 countries available on request through WHO at no cost. "The SAGE survey instruments assessed health status and health systems from a household and individual perspective."
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
    Education related data
  • Databib
    "Databib is a tool for helping people identify and locate online repositories of research data."

Statistical Agencies

Sometimes the data you need is available for free on the country's statistical agency's website. Not sure where that is? Try the 2 lists below.


Print resources

You can also use LINC to search for statistics. Do a LINC search by subject.


Look out in particular for subject headings that say --statistics--periodicals, these are usually official statistics handbooks or yearbooks by each country's statistics department/division/office/bureau and are full of information.



Google book

Sometimes a obscure statistic can be found in a diagram in a book or journal article. Do a search in Google Books or Google Scholar to check for this. Google Books might not give you access to the full book but limited preview mode might allow access to the diagram or graph. Journal articles often state where the data source is from, so this will give you a clue as well where to look for the statistics you need.  

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