The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the country and you will find it behind nearly every reference desk in U.S. libraries.
It is the authoritative go-to source for statistics on the social political and economic conditions in the United States. Librarians value the Statistical Abstract as both an answer book ("How much corn is grown in Iowa?") and a guide to statistical sources ("What organization has the most authoritative data on foreclosures?").