Web Reference - Browse by CategoryCountries, States & Cities
Provides information on the history, economy, and politics of countries and territories.
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
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.
Country risk snapshots.
Database offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents. Nations of the world are linked to their constitutional text posted somewhere on the Internet.
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.
The CPI ranks 180 countries by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.
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".
Facts and cultural information on the countries of the world.
Overviews of life and customs in 100 countries, provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Provides basic cultural tips as well as information relevant to conducting business or studying in various countries.
Links to guides that provide general information about legal and business infrastructures in foreign countries.
Profiles of cities and counties across the United States.
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.
Selected sources for statistical data on population, education, health, environment, business, and politics by zip code.
A guide to a wide array of authoritative web resources on the countries & IGOs of the world.
Collection of links to Web sites for approximately 245 countries/territories.
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.
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.
The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries.
Provides the most comprehensive snapshot available of the global state of open data.
"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.
Aggregate historical index of human development (HIHD) and each of its dimensions across world regions and countries.
Ranks 50 leading countries according to 20 indicators of economic and noneconomic prosperity.
Guides linked from this page compile digital materials that are available throughout the Libraryís Web site.
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.
In many parts of the United States, families working in low-wage jobs make insufficient income to live locally given the high cost of living. This calculator helps visitors estimate the cost of living in their community or region.
Online travel guides; provides brief country information, travel stories, blogs, and more.
"The Urban Institute's report card and toolkit for researchers, students, journalists, elected officials and the public on the state of metropolitan economies."
Information on counties, such as county officials, courthouse addresses, county seats, cities within a county as well as various statistical and geographical information.
Provides CIO contact information, professional biographies, state government links, and state statistics.
Graphically compare nations based on data from the CIA World Factbook.
Presents data and ratings on indicators related to "material living conditions & quality of life" for OECD countries, as well as for Brazil and Russia.
Links to city homepages in many countries including the United States & Canada.
The Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the amount of income necessary to meet basic needs without public subsidies (e.g.food stamps) and without private/informal assistance. The Standard can be found in 37 states and the District of Columbia
Provides an authoritative view of a country's social and environmental strengths and weaknesses.
For anyone trying to compare places to live on a number of categories such as crime, cost of living, climate, cultural institutions, etc.
A huge number of government resources on all level of government from states to villages.
Links to publicly accessible state agency databases.
Profiles of the health status of individual states including state comparisions.
Extensive list of state data available online.
Contains links to websites concerning criminal justice, including a section on statistical resources.
Database of income shares of top end of population for long time periods (e.g. 1875-present) for a variety of countries around the world.
Systematic study of governance quality in over 200 countries; produced by the World Bank.