The Bayerische Landesamt für Statistik (Bavarian State Statistical Office) is a state authority directly under the State Ministry of the Interior. Its head office is in Fürth. Other offices are also located in Munich and Schweinfurt. One of the Landesamt für Statistik's key remits is official statistics at state, federal and EU level.
The development of the Bayerische Landesamt für Statistik can be traced back to two institutions: on the one hand, the "Statistisch topographische Bureau" (Statistical Topographical Bureau) founded in 1808 in the Bavarian Foreign Ministry, and on the other hand, a police department in the Ministry of the Interior which also dealt with statistics. These two branches were united to form the "Statistischen Bureau" (Statistical Bureau) after just a few years and were placed under the Ministry of the Interior. In 1850, the institution was elevated to the status of "Königlich Statisches Bureau" and finally became a separate authority with its own budget and official seal.
The state office has a library whose foundation dates back to a resolution passed in 1835. Through a lively exchange of correspondence between the statistical offices on a national and international level, a special statistical collection was gradually created that ranges from the early 19th century to the present day and includes both books and periodicals. The handwritten Bavarian local registers of 1840 and 1852, the German Reich's statistics and the early population censuses of the individual nation states are to be highlighted, among other things.