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The GSS contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Create an extract, and then select a delimited or Excel format to download the data, and use an unzipping utility to open the zipped file. Spreadsheets will include the data, labels, and codes for your download.
ICPSR is the world's largest archive of social science data sets; includes data for criminal justice, demography, economics, education, foreign policy, gerontology, history, law, political science, public health, and sociology. Also hosts extensive learning modules on statistical analysis for use in courses. Register for a (free, required) MyData account using your St. Thomas email address (and independent password) to download data sets. If you have any problems accessing the data, contact our campus representative for ICPSR, John Heintz (email@example.com).
To create a MyData account:
Hit the Log In button at upper right, then follow the New User>Create Account instructions. When prompted, we encourage you to select the option to allow your campus Official Representative (OR) to view your name and email address--this can help us assist you with troubleshooting and in analyzing our usage.
Email Account Validation:
Typically, ICPSR will automatically recognize your institution and validate your account. If you're trying to download data and receive an unexpected alert that you're not from a member institution, even though you are, your account may need to be validated. We can update this manually.
To request a validation, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, your institutional email address, and the name of your institution.
Use SimplyAnalytics to create datasets using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables for the U.S. Create extracts by city, county, or zip code to make a larger dataset. Create a free personal account to save your work. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.
A U.S. federal government cross-agency repository of open data sets. This link is filtered to comma-separated-value (.csv) formatted data. | Filtered to Excel format (.xlsx). You can also go to the main page of the site and browse/search topically.
Appears to be a cache of practice datasets linked from the home page of Professor Larry Winner of the U of FL Department of Statistics. Each contains a .dat file and a very brief plain text description file.