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Finding Health Statistics: Selected Resources

The purpose of this resource guide is to assist researchers locate health statistics. The Internet resources listed are freely available online.

United States National Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • National Center for Health Statistics The country's principal health statistics agency, the site provides access to the wide range of information and data available from NCHS. The Data Collection Systems tab includes links to Population Surveys, Vital Records, Provider Surveys, and Historical Surveys. Find interactive data tools in the Data and Tools tab and locate statistics by topic by using FastStats. FastStats provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically in an A to Z list. 
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Contains data on specific diseases as reported by state and territorial health departments and reports on infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, natural or human-generated disasters, occupational diseases and injuries, and intentional and unintentional injuries.
  • National Vital Statistics System Birth and mortality data.

National Institutes of Health

Agency for Health Care Quality and Research

  • Data Resources Longitudinal hospital care data, state snapshots, and survey information about the health care status of Americans and their medical expenditures. Includes Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) which provides access to hospital data at national, regional, state, and community levels. It also contains the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), which provides data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage.

Census Bureau

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

State and Local (including Greater Buffalo and Western New York) Statistics

National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)

New York State Department of Health

Kaiser Family Foundation

  • State Health Facts Health statistics by state, the site has statistics on birth rates, prenatal care, number of uninsured, incidence of certain diseases, oral health, and more.

Erie County Department of Health

Niagara County Department of Health

International Statistics

World Health Organization

Guides and Bibliographies


  • Vital Statistics of the United States. Lanham, MD: Bernan Press, c2012. HSL Ref. WA 900 .AA1 V836 2012
  • American Health - Demographics and Spending of Health Care Consumers. Ithaca, N.Y. : New Strategist Publications, c2005. HSL Ref. WA 900 AA1 .A445 2005. Newer editions (2nd ed. 2007 and 3rd ed. 2010) are available online to those affiliated with UB.
  • Erie County Vital Statistics. Buffalo, NY. Bureau of Disease Control, Erie County Health Department, c2013. HSL Ref. WA 546 .AN6 .E6 E6 2013
  • A Brief Guide to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System: Facts, Definitions, and Statistics. Sara A. Beazley, ed. Chicago: AHA Press/Health Forum, c2010. HSL Stacks. W 84 AA1 U58h 2010