When looking for relatively recent statistics, there are a number of databases that members of the Reed Community can access such as American FactFinder (1990 – present) and Proquest Statistical Abstract of the United States (1929 – present). Coverage of some of our newer databases go back even further in time like Data-Planet Statistical Datasets (1850 – present) and Social Explorer (1790 – present).
There is another place to look for historical data besides databases – inside historical documents themselves! Archives have been digitizing their collections for many years now and this is making new sources of data available online. For a local example, check out theses three reports from the Reed College Archives. The first two were written in whole or part by math professor Jessie Short.
Cost of Living Survey, Portland, Oregon
In 1924, the price of coffee in Portland was $0.35 per pound.
Women’s Wages, Compared With Living Costs and General Community Standards, 1914-1932
For the time period of the study, living costs in Portland peaked in 1919.
A study of unemployment in Portland, Oregon during the winter of 1913-1914
On January 18, 1914, Thomas Clark of Portland had a temperature of 103.2 degrees.