Online Datasets

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HTML tables

Penn world table - Purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 168 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2000.
Use the HTML form to generate data as

World wine statistics - Information on worldwide wine production and consumption.

HTML table, SAS or CSV

USDA food nutrient data - Information about the nutrients contained in a number of different foods and food groups.
Data available in ASCII, MS ACCESS and Excel formats.

Frequently occurring first and last names - U.S. Census Bureau genealogical data on names.
Popular baby names - Social Security Administration data on distributions of given names.

Text files, HTML tables

King County department of assessments - Data on housing and properties in King County.

Excel files

King County elections - Official King County election data for 2004 elections.
DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics - "The Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is a compendium of tables that provides data on foreign nationals who, during a fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., admitted as immigrants or became legal permanent residents), were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis (e.g., tourists, students, or workers), applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration law enforcement actions, including alien apprehensions, removals, and prosecutions."


Pat Hanrahan has also collected pointers to a variety of online databases.

Data sharing sites

A number of new companies have made it their mission to facilitate data sharing online. These sites include Swivel, Many Eyes, Data360, Freebase and others. You may be able to find and extract interesting data from these sites.

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