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Demographic Data & Statistics: Getting Started

Provides an overview of resources on demographics and statistics.

"The term demographics refers to particular characteristics of a population. The word is derived from the Greek words for people (demos) and picture (graphy). Examples of demographic characteristics include age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, income, education, home ownership, sexual orientation, marital status, family size, health and disability status, and psychiatric diagnosis."

Salkind, N. J. (2010). Encyclopedia of research design. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781412961288

Demographic Data & Statistics

Welcome to the research guide for Demographic Data & Statistics.

The purpose of this guide is to help researchers:

  1. Find data on demographics and population change from governmental agencies and research organizations;
  2. Understand different types of demographic data and their corresponding research methods.

Some of the sources listed in this guide provide datasets for download. Other offer statistics and reports.

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