Subject Guides

Statistics & Census Data

Guide Contents


  • The handbook of national population censuses: Latin America, and the Caribbean, North America and Oceania (Bartle Reference HA 36. G67 1983)
  • A guide to Latin American and Caribbean census material. (Bartle Reference HA755 .G85 199)
  • The handbook of national population censuses : Europe  (Bartle Reference HA37.E93 G69 1992)
  • The handbook of national population censuses : Africa and Asia (Bartle Reference HA37.A33 D65 1986


  • Agglomerations of the World
    Population statistics for countries, administrative divisions, cities, urban areas and agglomerations – interactive maps and charts.
  • International Statistics - from the Census Bureau. Provides dates for national census and links to other national statistical agencies

    • International Database
      Data bank containing statistical tables of demographic, and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.
    • WorldPop Clock - up to the second simulation of the world population.
  • Population Reference Bureau
    Information on U.S. and international population trends.  Their publications include the World Population Data Sheet, which includes key indicators from geographic areas of populations of 150,000 or more.

  • Statistics Canada
    Official government web site for Canadian statistical information.

  • World Development Indicators 
    Contains socio-economic time series data on countries.

United Nations

  • United Nations Statistics Division (United Nations)
    Variety of free and subscription-only data. See also Demographic and Social Statistics.
    • Demographic Yearbook (Bartle Reference HA17 .D45, 1948-2000, online 1948-2007)
      Data on population, natality, mortality, nupitality, and divorces. Also includes a world summary.
    • Statistical Yearbook (Bartle Reference HA 12.5 .U63, 1948-2006
      Data on population and social aspects, economic activities, and international economic relations. Update monthly by Monthly Bulletin of Statistics.
    •  Population and Vital Statistics Report (Bartle Library HB 881 .U6, 2006-2007)
      Quarterly journal gives estimates of world and regional populations as well as estimates for 218 countries. Information is derived from each country's latest population, national census and from nationally representative statistics on birth and mortality.
  • UNESCO - focuses on education, science & technology, literacy and communication.
    •  Data Centre  - contains over 1000 indicator types, covering countries around the world, for users to combine into their own data tables
    • UNESCO Statistical Yearbook (Bartle Reference HA 12.5 .U6, 1963-1999) - was the main annual statistical publication, with detailed tables
  • UN Development Division: Population
    Collects a variety of statistics and publishes reports, particularly focusing on developing and less-developed areas of the world.
    • Urban Agglomerations (United Nations)
      Population and growth rates of urban agglomerations over time.  19962001 | 2003

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