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Writers love adding statistics to their copy to make their arguments stronger, and designers need hard data to create their infographics. Here are 15 sources for finding wells of data whether you’re creating a two-line advertisement a number heavy IG.

1. Statista

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 7.11.56 AMStatista has data for more than 60,000 topics from 18,000 sources, just try to find a topic that they don’t have. While the data is the main reason designers and writers will find the site useful, Statista also offers other tools like and expert list, where you can email thought leaders about a topic and the ability to legally embed charts and graphs.


Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 7.13.59 AMThis is more than a useful resource, it’s a great way to win arguments. Type in “Giant Panda” and it pulls up the number of Giant Panda’s in the world — approximately 3,239. The statistic you need is in bold with the sources underneath. This site limits the time you spend shifting through piles of data or long PDFs of studies.

3. Knoema

This website has charts and graphs already visualized for data. When you search “Population of Russia” the results include graphs of the Russian population from 1950 to present an another with the predicted population from present to 2050.

4. Google Public Data

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 7.17.53 AMWhen in doubt, Google it. The current charts that are on the front page are relevant to what’s trending. This is useful for news writers on deadline or designers creating timely IGs.

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5. Gapminder

logo_gapfinderGapminder specializes on collecting data with a global reach. Stat geeks will spend forever on this site comparing alcohol consumption ages 65+ from different European countries. It’s a lot of raw data, it just takes a little sifting.

6. Reference Center

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 7.31.20 AMThis is a helpful site for niche government and political markets. Writers and designers who are looking for federal documents and statistics should start here. It’s best to go straight to the source.

7. Gallup

Gallup_CORP_P_06-10_bkGallup: the polling people. This page has a daily ticker on the side with continuously updated data. Every day the President’s approval rating, unemployment rate and job creation index — among other statistics — are updated.

 8. NationMaster

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 7.22.10 AMThis offers similar data as Gapminder, but in a graph format. For example, Gapminder would have a spreadsheet for coffee consumption, NationMaster has a graph of the top 18 — Norway  was number one.

9. DataMarket

urlDataMarket is a place you can use a resource and researchers can publish their statistics. It’s the meeting point between contributors and users that makes this site successful.

10. Find The Best

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 7.25.29 AMThis is the quickest way to find data ranked from best to worst. The best part is the flexibility. For example, you can rank colleges by acceptance rate, size of student body and average SAT school. You decide what makes a college the best.


Perfect for the sports writer that needs statistics for articles. Within seconds you can learn how many NHL players were born in Jamaica (one).

12. Daytum

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 7.27.38 AMThis is a fast way to organize data you’re collecting. If you’re collecting pennies found on the ground on different days of the week, you could set up a chart over time.

13. Freebase

url-1Freebase describes itself as a database of 23 million entities. An entity would be a song or celebrity, they are grouped together into categories and lists.

14. SciVerse

This database of scientific articles is incredibly deep and recommended for writers and designers needing to learn more for a niche market.


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