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1.    What browsers are supported?

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2.    How can I cite the data?

On any data page there is a CiteNow! icon to the upper left of the data view, a pair of quotation marks. You can then copy and paste a citation in several formats or export it into a citation management tool.

Citation formats are Bluebook, Chicago and MLA.

Export options include EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, RefWorks, Word Processor (.rtf)

Please note the automatic citations reference CQ Press State Stats, not the original source of the data. However, source information is available for each data series.


3.    Where did this data come from?

The data in CQ Press State Stats is pulled from over 80 different data sources by experienced editors. You can see the source information for the data you are viewing on the Source tab on the right-hand side of the screen. Each year of data has a different set of source information which you can view using the drop down. The source information is given year-by-year.


4.    How often is this data updated?

The data on CQ Press State Stats is updated over the course of the year, generally on a quarterly basis.


5.    What years are covered in the product?

The product includes data published from 1995 to the present (2013). The earliest data is generally 1993 or 1994 depending on the timing of reporting for that data source. Data sources vary on how long it takes to release data. For instance, crime statistics for 2011 were only released in late 2012. Health and death data, in particular, tends to have a multi-year lag. Some data series were discontinued in the State Rankings books, most often due a lack of continued data availability. Even now, the cutting of some government statistics programs may cause some data series to be discontinued. However, we feel that it is best to include these data series in this database so that as much data as possible are available to users. We welcome suggestions (via our "Feedback" button on the right edge of the page) for data series that you would like to see in CQ Press State Stats.


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Crime State Rankings

1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Education State Rankings

2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Health State Rankings

1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

State Rankings

1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

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