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Organizations and Agencies

California Demographic Information (Demographic Research Unit, California Department of Finance)
Single official source of demographic data for State planning and budgeting.

Migration Policy Institute
"MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels." Their research is organized under four broad themes: migration management, refugee protection/international humanitarian response, North American borders and migration agenda, and immigrant settlement and integration. Migration Information Source is a database of migration data from numerous global organizations and governments. One may generate tables and graphs of the data.

Population Council
"The Population Council is an international, nonprofit institution that conducts research on three fronts: biomedical, social science, and public health." Its range of activities includes developing contraceptives and other products; conducting research on reproductive health and behavior, the causes and consequences of population growth, and related issues; and publishing monographs, periodicals, books, and more.

Population Reference Bureau
The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.

Public Policy Institute of California
"PPIC's research focuses on three program areas: population, economy, and governance and public finance. Studies within these programs are examining the underlying forces shaping California's future, cutting across a wide range of public policy concerns: the California economy, education, employment and income, immigration, infrastructure and urban growth, poverty and welfare, state and local finance, and the well-being of children and families." Many of PPIC's publications are available online. PPIC's statewide surveys are also available on their web site.

United Nations Population Division. Department of Social and Economic Affairs.
The Population Division "facilitates access by Governments to information on population trends and their interrelationships with social and economic development as an input to government policy and programme formulation, contributes to the capacity building of Member States to formulate national population and related policies and programmes, distributes electronic population information, and more. The site has numerous publications on HIV/AIDS, abortion, migration, etc.

United Nations Population Fund
"UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the world's largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programmes."
» State of the World Population

United Nations Population Information Network (POPIN)
POPIN's objectives are to "identify, establish, strengthen and coordinate population information activities at international, regional and national levels; to facilitate and enhance the availability of population information in collaboration with the regional commissions, the specialized agencies and the NGO population community; and to provide a forum for the exchange of experiences among developed and developing countries on population information issues." Numerous publications and databases are available on this site.

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Census Bureau
Includes Census Briefs. "Census Briefs contains articles describing newly issued reports, new data files and software. Developments in all census statistical areas are highlighted, with the principal emphasis on demographic, social, housing, and economic data for States and smaller areas. Articles dealing with statistical developments and data use outside the Census Bureau appear regularly along with information about the data products available from other Federal agencies."

People and Households includes links to many statistical charts from the Census Bureau. General topics include births, disability, health insurance, income, migration, population estimates, and more.

International Data Base (IDB) offers a variety of demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more.

American FactFinder is the Census Bureau's source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Data sets from the census and the economic census are available and custom tables and maps can be created from the data.

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

Annual Review of Population Law (Harvard University)
"This web site contains a database of summaries and excerpts of legislation, constitutions, court decisions, and other official government documents from every country in the world relating to population policies, reproductive rights and health, women's rights, HIV/AIDS and related topics." The database can be searched by country, keyword, or date, or by any combination of the three.

Bay Area Census
Selected Census data from 1860-2010 for the Bay Area, including counties, cities, and small areas. Produced by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Country Studies/Area Handbooks (Library of Congress)
A series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. Most books contain some information on morbidity/mortality and health care delivery/family planning issues.

Health in the Americas 2012 Edition - Regional Outlook and Country Profiles (PAHO)
Published every 5 years, this report gives a deep regional overview and short summaries for each country which include selected basic indicators such as poverty rate, literacy rate, life expectancy, infant mortality, physicians per 1,000, and more. The country summaries also include brief discussions of health determinants, human security, health policies, the health system, and main challenges and prospects.

Human Mortality Database (UC Berkeley Department of Demography and Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)
The HMD was created to provide detailed mortality and population data. Presently, the database contains detailed data for 17 countries. A companion project is the Human Life-Table Database, which contains data for over 30 countries.

InfoShop (World Bank)
InfoShop is the World Bank's development bookstore and information center.

Long-Term Global Demographic Trends: Reshaping the Geopolitical Landscape, 2001 (2455K PDF)
This report, from the CIA, "identifies the factors that will be most important in shaping the worldwide demographic landscape in 2020 and beyond. It examines how societies are coping with the broad range of demographic challenges and assesses what conditions may be key to transforming demographic trends into security issues of interest to the United States."

POPLINE (1970-present)
Maintained by the Population Information Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and funded primarily by the United States Agency for International Development, POPLINE (POPulation information onLINE) provides citations with abstracts of the worldwide literature on population, family planning, and related health issues. POPLINE references published and unpublished literature.

Population Index On The Web (1986-2000)
Published by the Office of Population Research of Princeton University, Population Index references international population literature. It provides access to books, journal articles, working papers, and other types of population literature.

Statistical Resources on the Web: Demographics and Housing (University of Michigan)

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