Historical Statistics of the United States

A Book for People Who Love Numbers, from the NY Times

The new edition of Historical Statistics of the United States.

…it weighs 29 pounds. It has five volumes. And it’s densely packed with more than a million numbers that measure America in mind-boggling detail, from the average annual precipitation in Sweet Springs, Mo., to the wholesale price of rice in Charleston S.C., in 1707.

“You’d have to be a certain kind of personality type”…

I guess that certain kind of personality type would be me; if it didn’t cost $1,550 for an individual, I’d be ordering mine now. I’m having fun just reading the table of contents.