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Population Research

Resources for Population Research


Note: Each country uses a different methodology to conduct its census,  and data between countries are often not comparable. Also, many countries conduct their censuses in different years than the U.S. Click here (and scroll down) to find the date of the most recent census in a particular country. 

To locate print volumes of international census tabulations held by Princeton, go to the Princeton Library Catalog and perform a Subject (browse) search as follows: (country name) -- census. Increasingly, the most current census results are posted on a country's statistical agency website. Click here for a list of links to statistical agency websites.

United Nations Population and Vital Statistics Report - Contains the United Nations' most recent national level statistics on country population size (total, male and female) from the latest available census of the population, national official population estimates, and the number and rate (births, deaths and infant deaths) for the latest available year within the past 15 years. Also presents U.N. estimates of the mid-year population of the world, and its major areas and regions. 

International Population Census Microfilm Collection

Stokes Library holds the International Population Census Microfilm Collection. To determine if census materials for a particular country are available, see the publisher's guide. Under Collection Title, choose International Population Census Publications and, in the Keyword Search box, put the country name, then click the Search button. Please note that the information in this database is incomplete. If you do not see holdings listed, please call Stokes Library.

For more detailed information about the microfilm holdings, see the following:


Handbook of National Population Censuses  - Documents the definitions, concepts, trends and contents of population censuses around the world. 

Africa and Asia. E. Domschke & D.S. Goyer. New york : Greenwood Press, 1986. 

Europe. D.S. Goyer & G.E. Draaijer. New York : Greenwood Press, 1992.

Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania. D.S. Goyer & E. Domschke. 


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