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Demography: Get and Manage Data

Resources for research in demography

Data in Demography

This list is not comprehensive—there are myriad sources of data you can get through your Berkeley affiliation as well as open data, government and otherwise!

As you look for a dataset to use, be sure to check out the UC Berkeley Library’s research guides, in particular: Economics, Population, Getting Started with the US Census, US Data and Statistical Sources, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems), for more in-depth information.  You can also ask your librarian!

General data resources:

  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research  The place to start, ICPSR is the largest social science data archive in the US.  This consortium (of which Berkeley is a member) acquires and preserves social science data from 130 countries. Includes survey data, census records, election returns, economic data, and legislative records. Has some excellent help pages and tutorials, and its staff will consult with users.
  • The General Social Survey  presents US opinion since 1972 and can be analyzed online and The World Values Survey  lets you explore human beliefs and values in 100 countries, online.
  • Harvard Dataverse.  A Dataverse is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore and analyze research data. Harvard's is the first and sort of like "dataverse central," with thousands of data sets across all academic fields but primarily in the social sciences.
  • Statistics Sources. Directory to thousands of sources of quantitative information for U.S. and international statistical data

US Census Data:

  • American Factfinder  and Data.Census.Gov   Download US Census Bureau data from the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and more.
  • Social Explorer Data and interactive thematic maps from the U.S. Census from 1790-present
  • National Historical Geographic Information System contains summary tables and time series of population, housing, agriculture, and economic data, along with GIS-compatible boundary files, for years from 1790 through the present and for all levels of U.S. census geography
  • Neighborhood Change DatabaseContains US tract-level data from the 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 decennial censuses with variables and tract boundaries that are consistently defined across census years with details such as population, household, and housing characteristics, income, poverty status, education level, employment, housing costs, immigration, and other variables. 
  • Bay Area Census  Selected 1860-2010 Census data for the Bay Area, including counties, cities, and small areas.
  • CensusScope  An easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends, brought to you by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan. With graphics and exportable trend data, CensusScope is designed for both generalists and specialists.
  • Current Population SurveyIncludes many supplemental surveys on various topics such as child support, tobacco, voting, computer use, identity theft.
  • State Data Center Program  The State Data Center (SDC) program is one of the Census Bureau's longest and most successful partnerships. The partnership was created to make data available locally.

International and Other Data Sets:

Statistics (aggregated, analyzed, and summarized data):

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest) A comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, 1878 to present.
  • Statista  has statistics on many topics in many countries, in an easy-to-use interface
  • Statistical Abstracts of the World  has health, population, and culture stats for many countries.
  • Data Planet  contains a wide variety of economic, social, political, and marketing indicators statistics. It allows for customization of the data by selecting subjects, and the ability to view your data in side-by-side tables, charts and maps. Also available to search using a ready reference interface..
  • World Development Indicators  has population, birth and death, and fertility statistics for 207 countries
  • Statistics Sources. Directory to thousands of sources of quantitative information for U.S. and international statistical data
  • Immigration Statistics (US Dept. of Homeland Security) Statistics about foreign nationals who enter or attempt to enter the United States for temporary or permanent residence through a variety of status categories, as well as subsequent actions such as apprehension, removal, or naturalization.
  • Migration Data Hub Showcases the most current national and state-level demographic, social, and economic facts about immigrants to the United States; as well as provides global migration statistics and maps.

Research methods

You have the data; now, how do you analyze it?  Here are some resources for assistance:

Data Services at UC Berkeley

Research Data Management Support

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