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A Statistical portrait of the United States : social conditions and trends /
edited by Mark S. Littman ; [contributors: Mark S. Littman ... [et. al.]].
Lanham, Md. : Bernan Press, c1998.
xxi, 404 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm.
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Lanham, Md. : Bernan Press, c1998.
contents note
Population characteristics -- Living arrangements -- Education -- Health -- Labor force and job characteristics -- Income, wealth, and poverty -- Housing -- Crime and criminal justice -- Voting -- Leisure, volunteerism, and religiosity -- Environment -- Government -- Appendix: Detailed tables.
general note
"First edition"--P. xix.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-01:
Libraries and readers have relied on Statistical Abstract of the United States (1878- ; annual)and on various almanacs for statistical information on a topic. For historical coverage, sources like George Kurian's Datapedia of the US 1790-2000 (CH, Apr'95) or Historical Statistics of the United States, 1790-1990 (1991) supply most information needs. On some occasions, however, explanation or context is needed. Publication of Social Indicators has been suspended since 1980. In one volume, this new title offers 12 chapters of social and demographic data that depict changes over the last several decades, providing graphs, tables with explanations, sources of coverage, and brief bibliographies that cite publications and Web sites. Easy to use and well-organized, it assembles data for quick analysis and overview. Chapters cover such topics as population; education; housing; health; labor and job characteristics; income, wealth, and poverty; criminal justice; voting behavior and turnout; and government. About half the volume consists of an appendix containing detailed tables that supplement each chapter but provide no text. These basic selective tables bring together information that used to require serious searching in a government documents depository or on the Internet. Although the data present a portrait of the US, comparative global data are provided where appropriate. Particularly valuable are the tables of comparative data that show trends over 30-40 years. The tables are clear, easy to read, and will copy well. The data in this volume may be found in most academic and large public libraries, but it enhances access by good organization. It will find a place in reference collections and will be most valuable in school, academic, and public libraries. J. Gelfand; University of California, Irvine
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Reference & Research Book News, November 1998
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Choice, January 1999
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