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Population Policy Research & Studies

Selected Resources Available Through the Internet


This is a listing with brief descriptions of some of the major Internet sites with information on demographic and population studies. Many of the sites link to yet other sites.

Governmental and International Agencies | 
University Population Study Centers
 | Associations  

Governmental and International Agencies

U.S. Census Bureau The mission of the Census Bureau is “To be the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.” As such, it is the source of a wealth of data ranging from housing to demographic profiles by state. This is a good site to explore to determine its extensive range of possibilities.
Bureau of Labor Statistics The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Data is available ranging from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to national and local unemployment rates.
National Center for Health Statistics NCHS is the Federal Government's principal vital and health statistics agency. Since 1960, when the National Office of Vital Statistics and the National Health Survey merged to form NCHS, the agency has provided a wide variety of data with which to monitor the Nation's health. See for the National Health Interview Survey, which is the principal source of information on the health of the civilian non institutionalized population of the United States and is one of the major data collection programs of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). See for the National Health and Nutrition Survey, which collect information about the health and diet of people in the United States.
The Office of Immigration Statistics The Office of Immigration Statistics is a Federal agency within the US Department of Homeland Security. There are links to various statistics on refugees, emigrants, and immigrants.
WHO Statistical Information System (WHOIS) This is the World Health Organization (WHO) statistical information system that provides health and health-related statistical information from the WHO Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy, including such information as mortality and life expectancy rates.
UNICEF Monitoring and Statistics This organization provides statistical information on the situation of women and children, by country.
International Organization for Migration As an intergovernmental body, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to encourage humane and orderly migration. This site links to various reports and studies on migration.

University Population Study Centers

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series Hosted by the University of Minnesota Population Center, the IPUMS consists of twenty-five high-precision samples of the American population drawn from thirteen federal censuses. The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series International is a project to create and disseminate an integrated international census database incorporating countries on all the continents.
Penn State Population Research Institute The Population Research Institute provides an organizational setting for interdisciplinary population research and training. By clicking on Web Resources in Demography and Related Subjects ,you are linked to numerous websites with information relevant to population studies.
Princeton University Office of Population Research The Office of Population Research at Princeton University is the oldest population research center in the country. It includes several centers and links to full-texts of working papers
University of Michigan Population Studies Center This is one of the oldest population centers in the United States. Under library ( on its website it has links to numerous population resources
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Population Center The Carolina Population Center (CPC) is a community of scholars associated to promote population research and research training. Under “Population” it has “Populations Links on the Web” and “Population Links Worldwide”
University of Texas Population Research Center The Population Research Center is best known for its work on Latin America, on U.S. minority populations, on health, aging, and mortality, on historical demography, and on families and the early phases in the life course, from childhood to early adulthood. There are various links under “Library Bookmarks” including Population Index. Population Index is the primary reference tool to the world's population literature. It presents an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics. This website provides a searchable and browsable database containing 46,035 abstracts of demographic literature published in Population Index in the period 1986-2000.


Population Council The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources.
Population Action International is dedicated to advancing policies and programs that slow population growth in order to enhance the quality of life for all people.
Population Research Institute Founded in 1989, Population Research Institute is “a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to objectively presenting the truth about population-related issues.” Among other activities, it documents human rights abuses done in the name of population control. It provides links to other sites and news briefings.
Population Connection Population Connection is a national nonprofit organization working to slow population growth and achieve a sustainable balance between the Earth's people and its resources.


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