January 2 2011— I’ve started putting together a page on Mexico, it’s going to be coming together in slow motion because accurate stats are thin as all hell.
October 25 2010— Added a new section on differences between violent death rates in countries based on religious affiliation in the Comparisons page.
October 17 2010— I have added a new page under the heading of War Quotes. It’s exactly what you think it is.
September 11 2010— Added a chart comparing Violent Death Rates amongst WW2 participants in a post-war world… Comparisons.
September 9 2010—New page up dedicated to Japan.
June 14 2010—Notes on specific statistics have been moved to the bottom of the Criteria page.
May 28 2010—New page for Iran is now up.
April 12 2010—Listing for New Zealand just added. It’s not too crazy, pretty much the same as Canada and Australia in historical VDR.
April 9 2010—Listing for Germany now available. Will have some post WW2 country comparisons posted soon.
March 31 2010—New page for France. History only goes back to the Revolution for the time being.
January 21 2010—Comments are now up in the Criteria page, as well as each individual country page for specific discussions there.
January 3 2010—Going to start putting up numerous charts comparing the UK to US violent death histories in the UK section.
January 2 2010—Bulgaria page is up. It will be extremely limited for awhile though.
January 1 2010—The UK page is now up, but limited in scope from 1580 to the present day.
December 30 2009—I added a chart for “drunk driving inflicted deaths” in the United States page.
December 29 2009—I compared four quagmire wars of different “Superpower” nation-states in the latest chart found in the Random section.
December 21 2009—The Canada page is now available.
December 20 2009—The Australia page is now available. I’m starting the history from 150 years ago since that’s around the time they crossed over a million people, and statistical estimates become more reliable.
December 19 2009—Have a couple new charts in the Random section.
November 25 2009—Have started USA page, with minimal charts and link to spreadsheets.
November 21 2009—Website is obviously still in the layout testing phase. Check back in a month for legitimate content.
*I started this site because I think there are a great deal of misconceptions when it comes to how dangerous a society is. I can only speak for the United States, but here I am always taken aback by how dangerous the era we live in is thought to be, even though the statistics don’t back that up. I also have noticed that people even take pride in the thought of living in an abnormally violent society. I can only speculate as to the underlying motive for those feelings, but that’s not really the point of this site. The goal here is to try to bring the most reliable data possible for homicide, military casualty, and related stats. When there are unusual/frustrating aspects with how a country tallies these body counts, I will mention it in their individual page. I invite other wonks to download and look over my excel speadsheets too, because; A) If numbers are off, I’d like to fix it. B) You can use the population tables and other stats to do your own unrelated research, if that’s your thing.
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“There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned Lies, and statistics.”-Benjamin Disraeli
Here are links to organizations that supply much of the statistical data that I utilize on this site. I have also included links to sites that I find interesting within the more general subject matter of society and popular opinion.
Crime And War
A quick warning, this site is a total mess. It looks like it was made in 1992 (which it probably was), and beyond it’s mere simplicity, there is no real organization as far as what link leads to what page and why. But the scope of info is truly a sight to behold. This guy has even tried to tally up all the warfare deaths in all of human history… the sheer ambition makes up for the statistical flaws. When you click on a specific war to try an get an estimate of the casualties, he usually presents 2 or 3 estimates, and sights the sources, so you can draw your own ideas about how many people probably really died in a given conflict.
This is a very detailed counter of the names of recent victims, as well as manner of death. It doesn’t cover civilian casualties though, chances are there isn’t much of a count to be had anyway.
This is most cited, and generally considered the most official supply of United States crime stats. It isn’t perfect though, there is an ongoing problem with under reporting by many communities. Sometimes tens of millions do not have their crime stats counted in the nationally tally due to these short comings. Often the reason is of dubious nature, Chicago is known for occasionally holding back their homicide statistics just because them find them embarrassing. It’s not a perfect system, but these are probably the best charts ou are likely to find.
For crime stats you’re better off just going to the FBI site. But for really specific prison related data this is the place to be.
There’s not much raw data to be had on this site. They are primarily involved in identifying destabilized hot spots, and what’s being done about them.
They do general situational reports by each country, not so much a major source of statistics.
Now we’re talking. This site is such a cacophony of various data tables that it’s easy to get lost. If you click on either the “Statistics” button on the left of the Home Page, or the “Statistics” tab near the center, you enter into a tree of categories. Open the “Populations And Social Conditions” folder, which then shows you a “Crime and criminal justice” sub option. Choose the “Crimes Reported By Police” and this will provide a popup table to navigate. Choose the “Select Data” tab, and and then “Crim” tab. Uncheck the “Tot” box if you are looking for specific homicide numbers, select “Hom – homicide” and click the “Update” button further up the page. Most of their info is pretty update, I can’t vouch for their accuracy, but it being the European Commission, we can presume that these are about the most accurate numbers one is likely to get.
I belong to this organization, it’s made up of a mix of academic, law enforcement, and journalist style researchers. There’s no real info on their site if you aren’t a dues paying member. If you do become a member you have access to a message board and receive their quarterly journal. The journal is made up of 6-9 different highly specific articles related to homicide patterns, or new approaches to the study of said homicide patterns. I don’t believe they make the journal available in PDF form as of this time.
Although they do rarely have articles on international situations, it is primarily US research based. It would be of little value to join this organization if international studies are your primary interest.
Money & Vital Statistics
Not just employment data as the name implies, this site has huge amounts of interesting stuff. How many minutes per day do women spend grooming compared to men? That and a bazillion of other random things can be learned at this site.
Most of the goods are under “Statistics & Historical Data”. There’s also some useful interactive maps and what not.
This is the place for bank statistics, bank statistics, and bank statistics. Go to “Industry Analysis” for reports and number specifics. If you just start clicking links you are likely to get spun around and end up off site, because the layout here is not very good. Going down to “Statistics At A Glance” will yield basic overview material.
This is the place where you can research all the assets and investments of various US based insurance companies. You do actually have to pay ($10) for publications after a hand full of free-bees, but if this info is important to you I’ll assume that’s no big deal.
This is an analysis group that puts out reports on trends in numerous money related matters. Under Market& Research they have a few listed (right now there’s some good housing, and storm damage exposure items), note that you do have to submit a bunch of info in order to download the materials, but you can just fake all of it… they don’t require you to confirm your email or anything.
There is a massive amount of general international information here. The layout is pretty user friendly too, which is the exception rather than the norm for most sites dedicated to organizations like this.
A classic non-profit opinion research organization. They have been around a long time, and their ongoing polls on the Economy and Presidential Job Approval (among many other things) are considered the official snapshots into US opinions over time. The best thing about Gallup is that their data sometimes goes back decades for the more important stuff, making for really interesting multi-generational comparisons.
This is just a portal of all kinds of public opinion information, compiled across many sources. They do a good job of clumping together like subjects. This is definitely a site worth bookmarking.
This is a highly esteemed, and oft sighted polling organization. Go to “The Database” and “Topic Index” for most of their bare bones data content.
Another useful, and highly respected opinion tracker. Like Gallup, they have info going back many years. See the “Harris Vault” for a list of past data, laid out in uncharacteristically easy to peruse fashion.
Shameless plug. This is a site I have developed to track public opinion across moral and other “gray area” topics. One of the identifying characteristics of the polling data is that you can see voter breakdown by race, sex, nationality and other personal attributes.
Marketing site that primarily does consumer related polling. Lots of other topics as well through, so definitely worth checking out. See “News and Polls” for the statistics area of the site.
These guys mainly do reports for business related matters. Under “Knowledge Bank” > “Surveys” you can find a number of reports that contain various charts and graphs that make for an interesting read.