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Countries, States & Cities

African Online Digital Library

A portal to multimedia collections about Africa.

American Dream Composite Index (ADCI)

Measure of American sentiment that values the American Dream on a monthly basis.

BBC Country Profiles

Provides information on the history, economy, and politics of countries and territories.

CIA World Factbook

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

City Mayors

This British site provides news and analysis of problems facing the world's cities. Site also contains statistics and rankings for world cities.

Statistical data on United States cities and towns.

Coface: Country Risk & Economic Research

Country risk snapshots.


Constitute offers access to the world’s constitutions so that users can systematically compare them across a broad set of topics — using an inviting, clean interface.

Constitutional Database

Compiles all the different provisions related to gender contained in constitutions in countries around the world, available in the original language, along with English translations.

Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)

The CPI ranks 180 countries by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.

Council of State Governments Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center is an interactive policy tool that provides access to policy briefs, statistical information, and an extensive collection of past editions of "The Book of the States".

Country Insights

Facts and cultural information on the countries of the world.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Measures vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America.

Cultural Profiles Project

Overviews of life and customs in 100 countries, provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Culture Crossing

Provides basic cultural tips as well as information relevant to conducting business or studying in various countries.

Data Africa

Project that aims to provide data about African countries that are south of the Sahara. Contains information about agricultural output, climate, health (including a number of statistics about the health of children in each country), and poverty rates.

Distressed Communities Index

A customized dataset created by EIG examining economic distress throughout the country and made up of interactive maps, infographics, and a report. It captures data from more than 25,000 zip codes (those with populations over 500 people).

Doing Business In Guides

Links to guides that provide general information about legal and business infrastructures in foreign countries.


Tracks the level of trust in the global institutions of business, government, media, and non-governmental organizations.


Profiles of cities and counties across the United States.

Equality of Opportunity Project

Measures the upward mobility of children in the bottom fifth of U.S. households using big data.

An extensive compendium of state information from basic facts such as listings of official state birds and songs to the steps involved in obtaining public records.

Foreign Countries and Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)

A guide to a wide array of authoritative web resources on the countries & IGOs of the world.

Freedom in the 50 States

Ranking of the American states based on how their policies promote freedom in the fiscal, regulatory and personal realms.

Freedom in the World

Comparative assessment of political rights and civil liberties in over 190 countries; produced by Freedom House.


Comparative information on countries and cities of the world.

Global AgeWatch Index

Ranks countries by how well their ageing populations are faring. It is based on four domains that are key enablers of older people's wellbeing: income, health, employment and education, and enabling environment.

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries.

Global Open Data Index

Provides the most comprehensive snapshot available of the global state of open data.

Global Power City Index

Evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to their magnetism", i.e. their comprehensive power which allows them to attract creative individuals and business enterprises."


Includes country profiles and useful business resources.

Historical Index of Human Development (HIHD)

Aggregate historical index of human development (HIHD) and each of its dimensions across world regions and countries.


Macroeconomic and social statistics for many countries with sources available.

Legatum Prosperity Index

Ranks 50 leading countries according to 20 indicators of economic and noneconomic prosperity.

Library of Congress State Resource Guides

Guides linked from this page compile digital materials that are available throughout the Librarys Web site.

Living Wage Calculator

Estimates the cost of living by community/county or region. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location.

Lonely Planet

Online travel guides; provides brief country information, travel stories, blogs, and more.

NACO (National Association of Counties)

Information on counties, such as county officials, courthouse addresses, county seats, cities within a county as well as various statistical and geographical information.

NASCIO State Profiles

Provides CIO contact information, professional biographies, state government links, and state statistics.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Maintains legislative tracking databases regarding public health issues such as criminal justice, education, employment policy, immigrant policy, transportation, health care access, and public health.

Graphically compare nations based on data from the CIA World Factbook.

OECD Better Life Index

Presents data and ratings on indicators related to "material living conditions & quality of life" for OECD countries, as well as for Brazil and Russia.

Official City Sites

Links to city homepages in many countries including the United States & Canada.

Self-Sufficiency Standard

The Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the amount of income necessary to meet basic needs without public subsidies ( stamps) and without private/informal assistance. The Standard can be found in 37 states and the District of Columbia

Social Progress Index

Provides an authoritative view of a country's social and environmental strengths and weaknesses.

Sperling's BestPlaces

For anyone trying to compare places to live on a number of categories such as crime, cost of living, climate, cultural institutions, etc.

State & Local Government on the Net

A huge number of government resources on all level of government from states to villages.

State Agency Databases

Links to publicly accessible state agency databases.

State Health Facts

Profiles of the health status of individual states including state comparisons.

Extensive list of state data available online.


Offer topic profiles for doing business in specific countries and Compares countries on various topics.

World Criminal Justice Library Network

Contains links to websites concerning criminal justice, including a section on statistical resources.

Worldwide Governance Indicators

Systematic study of governance quality in over 200 countries; produced by the World Bank.