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General online resources


Welcome to the Leeds Beckett Library web pages for general statistics.

Here you will find information about major sources of general statistics, for subject related statistical sources please see our Subject Guides.

Online general statistical resources

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

The UK's largest independent producer of official statistics. The statistics fall into these main categories

Agriculture and Environment Business and Energy Children, Education and Skills Crime and Justice
Economy Government Health and Social Care Labour Market
People and Places Population Travel and Transport


  • Published statistics from all Government departments

2011 Census Data

  • Data and analysis from the 2011 Census and previous census returns


  • Official statistics from the European Union

Eurostat Publications

  • Including Eurostat Yearbook and Regional Yearbook with interactive map

Social Trends

  • Provides social and economic data taken from a range of sources, giving a broad picture of UK society today

Regional Trends

  • Includes a wide range of demographic, social, industrial and economic statistics, covering aspects of life in the UK regions.


  • Comprehensive world statistics portal, providing access to data from over 18,000 sources.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

  • International statistics covering: trade, economic trends, development, finance, technology, investment, population and labour force, information economy, maritime transport and sustainable development.

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Statistical information

Statistical information consists of collected facts and figures about a particular topic or group of people. The information comes in many formats but is often presented in tables or charts and can cover recent or historical periods.

Statistics can be collected in one off surveys, or they might be collected on a regular basis, for example the national population census.

Some statistics relate to specific subjects such as health or business and you will find information about these on our subject support pages, whereas others, such as census figures or population statistics, might be useful for all subjects.

If you can't find the information you're looking for, try thinking about which agency or organisation might collect the data and look at their website or contact them. A word of caution, though: not everything is recorded and the data might not have been collected.