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Data: Social issues

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  • Adherents.com 
    "A collection of over 45,000 adherent statistics and religious geography citations -- references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc."
  • American Religion Data Archive
    The ARDA Data Archive is a collection of surveys, polls, and other data submitted by researchers and made available online by the ARDA.
  • Gun deaths since Newtown
    Slate magazine hosts an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken from Dec. 14, 2012 to Dec 13, 2013. Data can be arranged by age group, gender, location and date; the entire dataset is available for download.
  • Gun violence archive
    Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online. The full dataset can be obtained by request.
  • Human development indicators 
    Statistics from the current UNDP Human Development Reportpast reports are also available.
  • Poverty & Equity Database (World Bank)
    Allows you to explore data and indicators based on different poverty lines.
  • Social indicators (United Nations) 
    Statistics on population, youth and elderly populations, human settlements, water supply and sanitation, housing, health, child-bearing, education, literacy, unemployment, income and economic activity.
  • Social issues: key tables from the OECD 
    The key tables on social issues comprise public and private spending. These include social, old age, health and unemployment spending. Historical data refer to the latest eight time periods.
  • World Development Indicators 
    This is the World Bank's annual compilation of data about development. WDI includes over 1200 indicators covering a wide range of development-related topics.
  • World Happiness Report 2012 / 2013 / 2015 / 2016 )
    " ... a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. ... Leading experts across fields – economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more – describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations. The reports review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness. They reflect a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as a criteria for government policy."

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