Finding Data: Data on Population, Demography, Fertility, Migration
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- Selected Resources for: Censuses
- Addis Ababa Mortality Surveillance Project (AAMSP)
Revolves around a surveillance of burials at all known cemeteries of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Surveillance started in 2001 and is ongoing. Basic socio-demographic information including the lay report of the cause of death is collected for about 20,000 deaths a year. Verbal autopsy interviews are conducted with relatives or caretakers of the deceased for a random sample of records. The data that have been made available for public use pertain to the 1st 5 years of the burial surveillance, including a set of adult verbal autopsy interviews that were conducted in 2004. Ad-hoc data collection initiatives (not included in this release) include a surveillance of hospital deaths (2001), and a surveillance of hospital admissions (incl. serostatus information) of patients admitted to the Zewditu Memorial Hospital (2003).
- Aggregate Data Bank and Indices of Brazil (1940-1960)
Contains data on the social, economic, and population characteristics of 22 states of Brazil in 1940, 1950, and 1960. For each of the three time periods, data are provided on the total population in urban and rural areas, industrial and commercial employment, and rural employment. Information is also provided on the literate population, eligible electorate, and actual voting electorate. The data ascertain the numbers of industrial and commercial establishments as well as membership in various unions, in art and literary associations, in sports organizations, in charitable organizations, and in Roman Catholic organizations.
- Aging Integrated Database
On-line query system based on Administration on Aging related data files and surveys, and includes population characteristics from the Census Bureau for comparison purposes. Includes National Survey of OAA Participants (2003+) and National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) 2005/2006.
- American Community Survey (ACS) (1996+)
Nationwide survey designed to provide communities with a fresh look at how they are changing. Replaces the decennial long form. Tells us what the population looks like and how it lives. Includes occupancy status, homeownership data, and housing cost data. IPUMS also contains the data in an easier to use format. More recent data may be found directly on the Census website. For summary statistics, use Social Explorer.
- Annual Survey of Jails (1985+)
Only data collection effort that provides an annual source of data on local jails and jail inmates. As of 2008, title changed to Annual Survey of Jails: Jail-Level Data, previously Annual Survey of Jails: Jurisdiction-Level Data.
- Belize Family Health Survey (1991)
- Border Contraceptive Access Study, El Paso, Texas 2005-2008
Oral contraceptive (OC) users living in El Paso, Texas were interviewed to assess motivations for patronizing a United States clinic or a Mexican pharmacy with over-the-counter (OTC) pills and to determine which women were likely to use the OTC option. The experiences of OC users who obtained their contraception from Mexican pharmacies were compared with those of women who obtained their pills from family planning clinics in El Paso, Texas, where eligible low-income women often pay nothing. 532 clinic users and 514 pharmacy users were surveyed about background characteristics, motivations for choosing their oral contraception source, and satisfaction with this source.
- Centro Centroamericano de Poblacion (Universidad de Costa Rica)
Set of fertility and health surveys carried out by different Central American institutions and international agencies in Central America, Panama and Belize. Data files for each survey are available to researchers with the purpose of promoting research on the topics investigated in the surveys and to encourage comparative studies.
Surveys contain information on birth histories, knowledge and use of contraceptives, nuptiality, maternal-child health immunization, knowledge and use of ORT, and use of health services.
Data is available for Belize 1991, 1999; Guatemala 1978 - 2002, El Salvador 1978 - 2003, Honduras 1991-2001, Nicaragua 1992-2001, Costa Rica 1976 - 1999, and Panama 1984.
- Child Mortality Estimates
Child mortality summary statistics over time.
- China Data Center, University of Michigan
National center designed to advance the study and understanding of China. Houses mostly geospatial data, along with assorted statistical yearbooks, monthy figures and other summary statistics.
- Chinese Health and Family Life Survey (1999-2000)
Focuses on sexual behavior in contemporary Chinese society. There are 18 sections: Demography; Health; Attitudes toward Marriage and Sex; Marital Status; Current Spouse/Sex Partner; Sex Partners; Other Long Term Partner; Short Term Partner; Initial Partner; Sexual Dysfunction; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Childhood Sexual Experience; Sexual Harassment and Unwanted Sex; Sexual Consumption; Masturbation and Homosexuality; Conclusion; and Interviewer Comments.
- Compressed Mortality File
Microdata for 1968-1988 is publicly available. Data starting with 1989 is restricted. Summary statistics for all periods including to the present are available at the CDC site.
- Continuous Household Survey (1983+)
Aims to provide government departments with continuing information about population, housing, employment, education and health in Northern Ireland. As all the topics are covered in one survey, it is possible to examine not only each topic separately but also the interactions between them. Modelled on, and is similar in form and content to, the General Household Survey which is carried out in Great Britain. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
Sample Size: Approximately 1% of households in Northern Ireland each year.
- Cross-National Statistics on the Causes of Death (1966-1974)
Demographic statistics for the populations of 125 countries or areas throughout the world. Units of analysis are both country and data year. Includes statistics on approximately 50 types of causes of death for males, females, and total populations.
- Current Population Survey (CPS) (1962+)
Monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A detailed demographic supplement is conducted annually in March, and supplements on other topics, including computer use and school enrollment, are also conducted regularly.
Listings documenting the occurrence of current population survey supplements by topic and month are available. Questionnaires and codebooks are available at the
Census Bureau site. For comparisons of CPS, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the
comparison chart. See the Current Population Reports series for summary reports and methodological papers. While geography is at the state, county, or metropolitan statistical area level, one should use with caution for detailed geography due to the sample size.
- Data Archive of Social Research on Aging (DASRA)
Contains various large surveys for the USA: Longitudinal Study of Aging, 1984-1990; Longitudinal Retirement History Study, 1969-1979; Second Longitudinal Study of Aging (LSOA II): Baseline (Second Supplement on Aging (SOA II), 1994-1996) and Wave 2, Survivor and Decedent Files, 1994-1998, and Wave 3 Survivor and Decedent Files, 1999-2000; National Long-Term Care Survey: 1982, 1984, 1989; Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE), Waves I-IV, 1993-2001; and National Survey of Self-Care and Aging (NSSCA), 1990-1994. Also contains select international studies: National Survey of the Japanese Elderly (NSJE): Wave 1-4, 1987-1996; Study on Global Aging and Adult Health (SAGE) (China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russian Federation, and South Africa (2002-2004); and the Study on Global Aging and Adult Health (SAGE): Pilot Study, 2005. Part of Sociometrics.
- Data Sharing for Demographic Research
Data archive for demography and population sciences.
- Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
Provides easy access to a wide variety of economic, social, political, and marketing indicators.
- Demographic and health survey (2004) (Palestine)
Updates the various indicators measured by the Health Survey-2000 (DSS Study 5089). The aim of the survey is to collect data on the health status of the Palestinian population in the Palestinian Territory in order to facilitate the assessment and monitoring of maternal and child health. The main objectives of the survey are to update the available database on the demographic and health status of the Palestinian population, particularly women and children; to provide important data for use by researchers and for policy formulation and program development in the Palestinian Territory; to assess health service provision in relation to maternal and child health; and to enable policy and decision makers to develop future plans and programs on the basis of findings of this survey.
Sample Size: 5,799 households, including 4,972 married women aged 15-54, and 4,839 children under 5 years.
- Demographic and Health Surveys
Used to evaluate population, health, and nutrition programs. Provides national and sub-national data on family planning, maternal and child health, child survival, HIV/AIDS/sexually transmitted infections (STIs), infectious diseases, reproductive health and nutrition. Microdata is available free of charge by request. First check characteristics and sample sizes. See the model questionnaires. Data is available for:
DHS data are also available through the Minnesota Population Center's Integrated Demographic and Health Series. Registered DHS dataset users can create customized, pre-merged datasets. The current IDHS database includes over 1200 integrated variables related to women of childbearing age and incorporates data from 39 samples and 9 countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe. Future releases will expand to more variables and countries.
- Afghanistan (2010)
- Albania (2008/09)
- Angola (2006/07, 2011)
- Armenia (2000, 2005, 2010)
- Azerbaijan (2006)
- Bangladesh (1993/94, 1996/97, 1999-2001, 2004, 2007, 2011)
- Benin (1996, 2001, 2006, 2011/12)
- Bolivia (1989, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2008)
- Botswana (1988) (restricted)
- Brazil (1986, 1991, 1996)
- Burkina Faso (1993, 1998/99. 2003, 2010)
- Burundi (1987, 2010, 2012)
- Cambodia (1998, 2000, 2005, 2010)
- Cameroon (1991, 1998, 2004, 2011)
- Cape Verde (2005)
- Central African Republic (1994/95)
- Chad (1996/97, 2004)
- Colombia (1986, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010)
- Comoros (1996, 2012)
- Congo (Brazzaville) (2005, 2009, 2011/12)
- Congo Democratic Republic (2007, 2013/14)
- Cote d'Ivoire (1994, 1998/99, 2005, 2011/12)
- Dominican Republic (1986, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2013)
- Ecuador (1987)
- Egypt (1988, 1992, 1995-1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008)
- El Salvador (1985)
- Eritrea (1995, 2002) (restricted)
- Ethiopia (2000, 2005, 2011)
- Gabon (2000, 2012)
- Ghana (1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2007-2008)
- Guatemala (1987, 1995, 1998/99)
- Guinea (1999, 2005, 2012)
- Guyana (2005, 2009)
- Haiti (1994/95, 2000, 2005/06, 2012, 2013)
- Honduras (2005/06, 2011/12)
- India (19992/93, 1998/99, 2005/06)
- Indonesia (1987, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2002-2003, 2007, 2012)
- Jordan (1990, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012)
- Kazakhstan (1995, 1999)
- Kenya (1989, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008/09)
- Kyrgyz Republic (1997, 2012)
- Lesotho (2004, 2009)
- Liberia (1986, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
- Madagascar (1992, 1997, 2003/04, 2008/09, 2011, 2013)
- Malawi (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2010, 2012)
- Maldives (2009)
- Mali (1987, 1995/96, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2013)
- Mauritania (2000/01, 2003/04) (restricted)
- Mexico (1987)
- Moldova (2005)
- Morocco (1987, 1992, 1995, 2003/04)
- Mozambique (1997, 2003, 2009, 2011)
- Namibia (1992, 2000, 2006/07)
- Nepal (1987, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011)
- Nicaragua (1998, 2001)
- Niger (1992, 1998, 2006)
- Nigeria (1990, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2013)
- Nigeria (Ondo State) (1986)
- Pakistan (1990/91, 2006/07, 2012/13)
- Paraguay (1990)
- Peru (1986, 1991/92, 1996, 2000, 2004-2009)
- Philippines (1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013)
- Rwanda (1992, 2000, 2005, 2007/08, 2010, 2011, 2013)
- Sao Tome and Principe (2008/09)
- Senegal (1986, 1992/93, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2012/13)
- Sierra Leone (2008, 2013)
- South Africa (1998)
- Sri Lanka (1987)
- Sudan (1989/90)
- Swaziland (2006/07)
- Tajikstan (2012)
- Tanzania (1991/92, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003-2005, 2007/08, 2010-2012)
- Thailand (1987)
- Timor Leste (2009)
- Togo (1988, 1998)
- Trinidad and Tobago (1987)
- Tunisia (1988)
- Turkey (1993, 1998, 2003)
- Turkmenistan (2000)
- Uganda (1988/89, 1995/96, 2000/01, 2004/05 (restricted), 2006, 2009, 2011)
- Ukraine (2007)
- Uzbekistan (1996, 2002)
- Vietnam (1997, 2002, 2005)
- Yemen (1991/92, 1997(restricted))
- Zambia (1992, 1996, 2001/02, 2007)
- Zimbabwe (1988, 1994, 1999, 2005/06, 2010/11)
- Demographic, Social, Educational and Economic Data for France, 1833-1925
Contains: (1) French population, economic, and social data obtained from the quinquennial censuses of 1901, 1906, 1911, and 1921, that detail the composition of the population by categories of age, sex, nativity, marital status, religion, place of residence, and occupation, (2) industrial census data for the years 1861-1896, (3) data on primary education in France for 1833, 1901, and 1906, as well as data on secondary and higher education in France for the years 1836-1850, 1880, and 1892, and (4) data from a separate series of annual vital statistics (Mouvement de la Population) that cover the years 1836-1850, 1892, and 1900-1925, citing births, deaths, and marriages in the nation.
- Divorce detail files (1968-1988)
Contains demographic data for divorces occurring in the United States. The data were taken from divorce certificates registered with the vital statistics offices. The certificates for each state were chosen at 1 of 5 sampling rates (5, 10, 20, 50, or 100 percent), depending on the total number of divorces occurring in the state during the year. Each record includes a weight factor based on the sampling fraction of the reporting state. The demographic data collected include age, race, education, and natality of divorcing parties, and the number of this divorce. Information about the divorce itself includes month, day, and week of divorce. Continued by Marriage and Divorce Data, 1989-1995.
- Encuesta de Salud Materno-Infantil y Planificacion Familiar - 1984
Panama Family Planning/Maternal and Child Health Survey 1984-1985. Covers: fertility, contraceptive use, young adults, and maternal and child health services. n=7,588 women 15-44.
- Encuesta nacional de empleo urbano, 1987-2002
National Survey of Urban Use for Mexico. Statistical data on the characteristics of the occupation of the urban population, as well as of other demographic and economic variables that allows a deeper analysis of the labor aspects.
Encuesta nacional de empleo urbano, 1987-2002 (Electronic File)
Producer: Aguascalientes, Ags. [i.e. Aguascalientes, Mexico] : Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e Informatica.
- Explaining Low Fertility in Italy (ELFI)
The ethnographic fieldwork portion of the project, interviews with women of reproductive age, and when available their partners and mothers, was initiated and completed in 2006. For each of 4 Italian cities (Padua, Bologna, Cagliari, and Naples) studied ethnographically by trained anthropologists, both a working-class and a middle-class neighborhood were identified. These 349 interviews have been transcribed without identifiers. All interviews have been coded and assigned 'attributes' (or nominative variables, such as gender, civil/religious status of marriage, etc.).
- Family Planning Survey (1999-2002)
Data is available from the Philippines Data Catalog. Each researcher must sign an agreement.
- Fertility and Family Surveys (FFS)
Conducted in the 1990s in selected Member States of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Also includes Canada and New Zealand. Includes tabular data for member nations. For microdata, must apply directly to the program.
- Fetal Death Data Files (1982+)
Fetal death refers to the spontaneous intrauterine death of a fetus at any time during pregnancy. Fetal deaths later in pregnancy (at 20 weeks of gestation or more, or 28 weeks or more, for example) are also sometimes referred to as stillbirths. Most states report fetal deaths of 20 weeks of gestation or more and/or 350 grams birthweight. However, a few states report fetal deaths for all periods of gestation.
- Generations and Gender Surveys
Panel survey of a nationally representative sample of 18-79 year-old resident population in each participating country with at least 3 panel waves and an interval of 3 years between each wave. Includes a separate contextual database that is organized around central topics closely linked to the program. The variables describe variations of context over time and among regions that are believed to have an impact on the behaviors and relations that constitute the key dependent variables of the survey: fertility, partnership, transition to adulthood, economic activity as well as the intergenerational and gender relations between people expressed e.g. in care relations or the organization of paid and unpaid work. The data include statistical norms, legal norms and regulations, measures of welfare state policies and institutions as well as general economic and cultural indicators. Registration is required.
- Great Plains Population and Environment Data (1870-2000)
Collected information about approximately 500 counties in 12 states of the Great Plains of the United States, and then to analyze those data in order to understand the relationships between population and environment that existed between 1870-2000. The data distributed here are all data about counties. They fall into 4 broad categories: about the counties, about agriculture, about demographic and social conditions, and about the environment. The information about counties (name, area, identification code, and whether we classified the county as part of the Great Plains in a given year) are embedded in each of the other data files, so that there will be 3 series of data (agriculture, demographic and social conditions, and environment), with individual data files for each year for which data are available.
- Gridded Population of the World and the Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project
Gridded Population of the World, Version Three (GPWv3) is a gridded, or raster, data product that renders global population data at the scale and extent required to demonstrate the spatial relationship of human populations and the environment across the globe.The purpose is to provide a spatially disaggregated population layer that is compatible with data sets from social, economic, and Earth science fields.The gridded data set is constructed from national or subnational input units (usually administrative units) of varying resolutions. The native grid cell resolution is 2.5 arc-minutes, or ~5km at the equator, although aggregates at coarser resolutions are also provided. Separate grids are available for population count and density per grid cell. Population data estimates are provided for 1990, 1995, and 2000, and projected to 2005, 2010, and 2015. The projected grids were produced in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme (FAO) as Population Count and Density Grid Future Estimates. There is also an extensive map collection that includes population density and sub-national administrative boundary maps (depicting the input units) at country, continental, and global levels. Summary information on the size and number of input unit and sources is available in an Excel spreadsheet.
Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project, Version One (GRUMPv1) builds on GPW to construct a common geo-referenced framework of urban and rural areas by combining census data with satellite data. GRUMPv1 comprises 3 data products. First, GRUMPv1 provides a higher resolution gridded population data product at 30 arc-seconds, or ~1km at the equator, for 1990, 1995, and 2000. Second, GRUMPv1's urban extents data set delineates urban areas based on NOAA's night-time lights data set and buffered settlement centroids (where night lights are not sufficiently bright). Third, GRUMPv1 provides a points data set of all urban areas with populations of greater than 1,000 persons, which may be downloaded in Excel, CSV, and shapefile formats. As with GPW, there is an extensive map collection depicting the data sets at country, continental, and global levels.
- Health survey - 1996 (Palestine)
Collected data on the health status of the Palestinian population in the Palestinian Territory in order to facilitate the assessment and monitoring of maternal and child health status. Data are compiled from approximately 2,694 households including 4,862 married women aged 14-49 years and 4,630 children under the age of five.
- Health survey - 2000 (Palestine)
Updates the various indicators measured by the Health Survey-1996 (DSS Study 5082). The aim of the survey is to collect data on the health status of the Palestinian population in the Palestinian Territory in order to facilitate the assessment and monitoring of maternal and child health. The main objectives of the survey are to collect data on fertility and family planning; to provide data on reproductive trends and use of family planning methods; to provide data on the basic indicators of the health situation in the Palestinian Territory such as breastfeeding, antenatal care, immunization, and other health indicators; and to furnish data needed for monitoring progress toward goals established at the world summit for children and a basis for future action. For update see Demographic and Health Survey 2004 (DSS Study 5090).
Sample Size: 6,204 households, including 5,729 married women aged 12-54, and 6,169 children under age of 5
- Historical Demography of the United States Series
Datasets in this series are products of an NICHD-funded project to archive, preserve, and disseminate historically and demographically significant data about the United States. Most of these studies consist of longitudinal data describing life histories, and some cover multiple generations. Recent developments in population-related sciences, such as the bio-demography of aging and the evolutionary biology of reproduction, have renewed interest in data that follow individuals throughout their lives and across generations. Some of these datasets were created in the early days of quantitative historical research, and their contents depend upon the availability and quality of sources. When appropriate, datasets have been transformed into the Intermediate Data Structure (IDS), an emerging standard for longitudinal historical demographic data which facilitates event history analysis and international comparisons.
- Human Development and Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries, 2007-2008
Contains information on women's knowledge on reproductive health and the sources of reproductive health information for a sample of women who delivered a baby between March 2007 and June 2008 in Makwanpur district, Nepal. Detailed information was collected on women's participation in non-government organization group meetings. These are participatory women's group meetings that aim at improving reproductive health outcomes. Information on women's network of relatives was also collected. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Human Fertility Database (HFD)
Based on one and the same type of initial data - officially registered birth counts by calendar year, mother's age (and/or cohort) and (whenever possible) biological birth order. These data, together with total female population exposure from the Human Mortality Database and parity-specific female population exposure from selected population censuses, population registers, or large-scale surveys are further processed using a uniform set of methods. Major output includes detailed data on births, unconditional and conditional fertility rates, cohort and period fertility tables as well as selected aggregate indicators such as total fertility rates, mean ages at childbearing, and parity progression ratios.
- Human Mortality Database
Detailed mortality and population data. Earliest data for some countries is 1751. Free registration is required.
- Hutterite Fertility Survey
Represents a natural fertility population with a very high level of marital fertility and were used as a standard in the European Fertility Study against which the fertility levels of other populations were measured. A.G. Steinberg collected the data as part of a genetic study in 1953 (51 families) and 1958-1961 (685 families). An attempt was made to determine from written records and family Bibles the dates of birth and death of everyone who had ever lived in the communities studied. Followup interviews were conducted with 562 families in order to get complete pregnancy histories. The dataset we have has only 722 familes and 552 pregnancy histories. This is 14 families and 10 pregnancy histories fewer than Mindel Sheps reports.
Sample Size: 722 families with live birth records; 522 have pregnancy histories based on followup interviews.
- In-Depth Fertility Surveys (China) (1985, 1987)
These surveys were conducted by the State Statistical Bureau of the People's Republic of China in collaboration with the International Statistical Institute.
- India Human Development Survey (2005)
Two one-hour interviews in each household covered topics concerning health, education, employment, economic status, marriage, fertility, gender relations, and social capital. Children aged 8-11 completed short reading, writing and arithmetic tests. Additional village, school, and medical facility interviews will be available at a later date.
Sample Size: Nationally representative, multi-topic survey of 41,554 households in 1,503 villages and 971 urban neighborhoods across India.
- Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS)
Combines information into harmonized variables from 10 individual national studies of fertility encompassing the Growth of American Families (GAF), National Fertility Surveys (NFS), and National Surveys of Family Growth (NSFG) as well as a single dataset composed of harmonized variables across all ten surveys. Includes over 71,000 respondents spanning 1955 to 2002. Includes union history, cohabitation and husband/partner sociodemographics. Includes the Contraceptive Calendar file -- a respondent-level data set that provides information on contraceptive use in each month for up to 4 years prior to the survey month. Contraceptive Calendar variables are available for the 1973, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1995 and 2002 NSFG surveys. This data set can be merged with previously released respondent-level data to provide an in-depth look at contraceptive behavior over time.
- International Colonialism Study: National Integration in the British Isles, 1851-1966
Contains census, election, and vital statistics data for 118 British and Irish counties for the period 1851 to 1966. The information was collected for use in a study of regional integration and development in Great Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries. Included are population indicators for each of the counties recorded at 11 points in time during the 115-year span (i.e., 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921, 1931, 1951, and 1961). Specific information includes indicators of population density and change, ethnic composition, proportion of election votes for Labour, Conservative, Liberal, and various nationalist parties, and proportion of population employed in areas such as agriculture, manufacturing, civil service, and (female) domestic work. Other data include number of Celtic speakers, literacy, religiosity, nativity (i.e., English-, Welsh-, Scottish-, Irish-, and French-born), sex ratio (female to male), birth rates, infant mortality rates, marriage rates, per capita income, and proportion of middle class.
- Kenya Diffusion and Ideational Change Project (KDICP)
Users must apply for access. Aim was to examine the role of social networks in changing attitudes and behavior regarding family size, family planning, and HIV/AIDS in Kenya. The project focused on two key empirical questions: the roles of social interactions in (1) the acceptance (or rejection) of modern contraceptive methods and of smaller ideal family size; and (2) the diffusion of knowledge of AIDS symptoms and transmission mechanisms and the evaluation of acceptable strategies of protection against AIDS.
- Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice of Contraception in Taiwan (KAP) (1965-1979)
Knowledge of, attitudes toward, and the practice of contraception among married women in Taiwan were examined in a series of 6 province-wide surveys conducted by the Taiwan Provincial Institute of Family Planning between 1965 and 1986. Each successive survey collected extensive data on contraception knowledge and use, pregnancy history, fertility, and family planning, along with information regarding family relations and residence history.
- Korean National Fertility Survey (1974)
Sample Size: 5430
- Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA)
Supports the study of very recent mortality trends and is particularly suited for the study of old age mortality during the post-WWII period. Covers the interval between 1848 and 2014. Includes population censuses, age-specific (five year and single year age groups) total death counts (starting in 1900), and by causes of deaths (starting in 1945). Free registration is required.
- Linked Birth/Infant Death Data (1983-1995)
1983-2007 can be found on the CDC website. These data are provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics to be used in determining infant mortality rates. Each data collection consists of 2 types of files. The 1st file type provides linked records of live births and deaths of children born in the United States (to residents and nonresidents). This file is called the Numerator File. The 2nd file type consists of live births in the United States and is referred to as the Denominator File. Beginning in 1989, a number of items were added to the U.S. Standard Certificate of Birth. These changes and/or additions led to the redesign of the linked file record layout for this series and to other changes in the linked file. In addition, variables from the Numerator File were added to the Denominator File to facilitate processing, and from 1989 on this file is called the Denominator-Plus File. A 3rd file type was added in 1989 called the Unlinked File, which consists of infant death records that could not be linked to their corresponding birth records. In 1995, data for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam were included, and there was a change in format of the linked files, which were released in 2 different formats, period data and birth cohort data.
- Little Emperors: Behavioral Impacts of China's One-Child Policy
Explores the behavioral impact of the One Child Policy in China. Using experimental data it examines whether the One Child Policy affected altruism, trust, trust-worthiness, risk-taking, and competitiveness in individuals. Survey data on personality traits and demographics of the sample are included.
- Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH)
[previous title: Malawi Diffusion and Ideational Change Project (MDICP)]. One of very few long- standing longitudinal cohort studies in a poor Sub-Saharan African (SSA) context. It provides a rare record of more than a decade of demographic, socioeconomic, and health conditions in one of the world's poorest countries. The MLSFH cohorts were selected to represent the rural population of Malawi, where the vast majority of Malawians live in conditions that are similar to those in the rural areas of other countries with high HIV prevalence: health conditions are poor, health facilities and schools are over-burdened and under-staffed, standards of living are low and nutritional needs of adults, children and the elderly are often not met. With 7 major data collection rounds between 1998 and 2012 for up to 4,000 individuals, as well as ancillary surveys and qualitative studies, the MLSFH has been a premier dataset for research on health, family dynamics, social networks, and HIV infection risks in a rural SSA context. Providing public-use data on the socioeconomic context, demographics and health of individuals and their families in Malawi over more than a decade, the MLSFH has been the basis of more than 150 publications and working papers submitted for publication. Importantly, the MLSFH has also informed health policy discussions in Malawi and elsewhere in SSA. The MLSFH/MDICP was originally developed as a sister project of the Kenya Diffusion and Ideational Change Project (KDICP), but with a larger sample and greater geographical dispersion. Both the KDICP and the MLSFH/MDICP aimed to examine the role of social interactions in changing demographic attitudes and behavior. The first 2 waves of the MLSFH data collected in 1998 and 2001 are archived and available for download at ICPSR-DSDR. The first 2 waves focused on two key empirical questions: the roles of social interactions in (1) the acceptance (or rejection) of modern contraceptive methods and of smaller ideal family size and (2) the diffusion of knowledge of AIDS symptoms and transmission mechanisms and the evaluation of acceptable strategies of protection against AIDS.
- Malaysian Family Life Surveys
The First and Second Malaysian Family Life Surveys (MFLS-1 and MFLS-2) comprise a pair of surveys with partially overlapping samples, designed by RAND and administered in Peninsular Malaysia in 1976-1977 (MFLS-1) and 1988-1989 (MFLS-2). Survey Research Malaysia, Sdn. Bhd. carried out the fieldwork for MFLS-1 and the National Population and Family Development Board of Malaysia carried out the fieldwork for MFLS-2. Each survey collected detailed current and retrospective information on family structure, fertility, economic status, education/training, transfers, migration, and many other topics. Each survey also collected community-level data.
- Marriage and Divorce Data, 1989-1995
Data are based on information from marriage and divorce certificates and Include all records for states with small numbers of events and a sample of records for States with larger numbers of events. The states with a sample of records are automatically weighted during the processing of table commands.
- Marriage Detail [United States] (1970-1990)
National estimates for marriages occurring in a calendar year. Data are presented on the characteristics of marriages and of the persons involved in them. 1968-1988 are on the DSS server. Continued by Marriage and Divorce Data, 1989-1995.
- Matched Multiple Birth Data Set 1995-2000
Contains detailed data for matched sets of twins, triplets, and quadruplets. Was developed to allow for analysis of characteristics of sets of births and fetal deaths in multiple deliveries. Such analysis is not possible using the traditional NCHS Live Birth and Fetal Death Files because these files contain individual records of births and deaths in multiple deliveries, but do not identify set members. Thus characteristics specific to the multiple set (e.g., gender combination of the set, outcome of the set, birthweight differences among set mates) are not available. Over 98 percent of records were matched. Included on the file are 325,516 sets of twins; 12,157 sets of triplets; and 760 sets of quadruplets. Allows researchers to investigate such topics as the viability of multiples by gender of the set and birthweight discordancy among set mates.
- Maternity Survey, 2007
Topics covered included: baby birth dates & weights; antenatal care & check-ups; tests & scans; choices of care; medical problems & pregnancy care; antenatal classes; labor & delivery, including medical care; midwives & other healthcare staff; home births; hospital care after birth; infant feeding; special care & neonatal units; home care after birth; and respondents' demographic characteristics. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA. Also see the Maternity Services Survey, 2010.
- Matrix of Policy in the Philippines, 1948-1969
Contains information for the following 10 major topic areas. PART 1. Survey (Pegasus) File. 182 variables for 1,550 respondents in 1969. Variables cover attitudes toward Philippine government, social, economic, and political conditions, attitudes toward and knowledge of dissidents and exposure to crime and violence PART 2. General Province Data. PART 3. Province Election Data. PART 4. City Voting Data. PART 5. Municipio Data. PART 6. Barrio Data. PART 7. City Socioeconomic Data. PART 8. Province Crime Data. PART 9. Province Economic Data. PART 10. Province Manufacturing Data
- Mexican Family Life Survey
On-going nationally representative longitudinal survey of individuals, households, families and communities. The first wave was conducted in 2002. The 2nd wave was conducted in 2005-2006. Follow-ups were conducted in 2009 and 2012. The data from the first 2 waves have been released. The baseline covers over 8,400 households in 150 communities across Mexico.
- Mexican Migration Project. 1982+
Data are available for 143 communities in 24 states in Mexico. Contains demographic and migratory information for each member of a surveyed household along with detailed labor histories for each head of household and each spouse.
- Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) (1995+)
Established in 1989 to study a little known period in the lifespan -- middle age. Midlife, the years between 30 and 70, is perhaps the least studied and most ill-defined of any period of life. It abounds with changing images and myths, such as the "midlife crisis," the "change of life," the "empty nest syndrome," and many more. However, there has been little documentation about what really happens, biologically and psychologically, during this extended period of time. The primary objective is to identify the major biomedical, psychological, and social factors that permit some people to achieve good health, psychological well-being, and social responsiblity during their adult years. To do this, MIDMAC collected a series of data to establish an empirical basis for documenting what really happens in the middle years and to identify the factors that determine the course of midlife development. The first wave of data collection (MIDUS I) began in 1995 with a National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States. The main data collection consisted of a general population survey, as well as surveys of siblings of the general population respondents, and a twin pairs sample. The main data collection also included an oversample of five metropolitan areas. In addition to the main national survey, random subsamples of respondents were recruited to participate in in-depth investigations of selected topics, such as management strategies for coping with stressful experiences, a national study of daily experiences, and a study of psychological experiences. The MIDUS II project was designed to collect a second wave of data on the same respondents approximately 10 years later.
- Mortality Detail Files (1968-1992)
Describes every death or fetal death registered per year in the United States. Includes the month and day of death for deaths prior to 1989 and the month of death for deaths in 1989 and after, the sex of the deceased, the age of the deceased at the time of death, the deceased's place of residence, place of death, and whether an autopsy was performed. Causes of death are coded using the 8th and 9th revisions of the International classification of Diseases.
- Multiple Cause of Death Series (1959+)
Includes information about the cause of all recorded deaths.
- Nang Rong (Thailand) Projects
Designed to monitor and promote understanding of the sweeping demographic, social, and environmental changes taking place in Nang Rong, Thailand, over the last 20 years. Scholars from across the US and Thailand contribute to research on life course choices, fertility and contraceptive behavior, migration processes, and land use/land cover change. A unique collection of data from individuals and villages is integrated with geographic and environmental data to provide opportunity for continuing discovery of the interrelationships among people and environments.
Data are available for 1984, 1994, and 2000. This includes social survey data, househod census data, and most of the 1994-95 and 2000-01 migrant follow-up data. The public use files do not include community data.
- Natality Detail File Series (1968+)
Include all births occurring within the United States. Births occurring to United States citizens outside the United States are not part of these files. Data are obtained from certificates filed for births occurring in each state. During 1968-1971, data were obtained from a 50% sample of certificates. Starting in 1972, all records were included for states that participated in the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program (VSCP). The number of states participating in the VSCP increased from 6 in 1972 to 46 in 1984. Beginning in 1985, all states & the District of Columbia participated. More recent data may be found at the CDC site.
- National Couples Survey, 2005-2006 (Married and Cohabitating Couples Study and the Dating Couples Study)
Examined couples' contraceptive decision making (but not consistency of use). Completed interviews were obtained from both partners of 413 married couples, 261 cohabiting couples and 335 dating non-cohabiting heterosexual couples (2,018 individuals), where the female is 20 to 35 years old and the male is 18 or older. Other eligibility criteria are that the female is not currently pregnant, postpartum, or trying to get pregnant, and where both partners are neither medically nor surgically sterile (for whom consistency of contraceptive use is of limited interest). Used computer-assisted self interviewing to collect data from an area probability sample of household residents in 4 cities and their adjacent county subdivisions: Baltimore, MD; Durham, NC; St. Louis, MO; and Seattle, WA. Obtained separate, parallel reports from both partners, providing unique and detailed data on the power relations, birth desires, and method-related expectancies, values, perceptions, preferences, and behaviors of men and women making contraceptive and disease prevention choices within the context of an intimate heterosexual relationship.
- National Fertility Survey, 1965, 1970, 1975
Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, opinions on childbearing and childrearing, desired family size, future childbearing intentions and expectation of further children. Questions about coital frequency at the time of interview were asked. Marital history, some labor force participation history, and background information such as education, income, religion, social characteristics, and place of residence was also collected. Also available through ICPSR.
- National Health and Social Life Survey (1992)
Extensive information on the sexual experiences and other social, demographic, attitudinal, and health-related characteristics of adults in the United States. Commonly called the NORC Sex Survey.
- National Maternal and Infant Health Survey, 1988 (NMIHS)
Designed to explore factors that cause negative pregnancy outcomes. Questions were asked of pregnant women concerning prenatal care, weight gain or loss during pregnancy, alcohol, cigarette, or drug use during pregnancy, and whether vitamin or mineral supplements were taken before or during pregnancy. In addition, questions were asked about the use of home pregnancy tests, exercise before and during pregnancy, medical care before, during, and after delivery, previous pregnancies and their outcomes, birth control use, and how the mother felt and behaved. Demographic information about the mother such as marital status, marital history, date of birth, state of birth, mother's weight at birth, weight changes before, during, and after pregnancy, height, race, education, work history, and place of residence was obtained. Information about the father includes items such as age, height, weight, education, and job status. In addition, family income questions were asked, as were questions about the health, care, and feeding of the baby. Information was also taken from birth certificates and fetal and infant death certificates. Also see the Longitudinal Follow-up, 1991. This follow-up consists of 3 components that provide information on early childhood morbidity and health. The Live Birth Survey (Part 1) obtained data on national health issues affecting children, such as child development, effects of low birth weight, childhood injury, child care, pediatric care, health insurance coverage, child safety, and acute and chronic childhood illnesses. For the Medical Provider Survey (Part 12), respondents to the Live Birth Survey were asked to provide the names of all medical providers and hospitals where their children were diagnosed, treated, and/or admitted. Each health care provider was asked to supply information on its organization, the child's health status and history, and each visit or hospitalization. The Fetal and Infant Death Survey (Part 21) interviewed women who were identified through the 1988 NMIHS as having lost a fetus or an infant during the study period. These respondents were reinterviewed to gather information about their health and about any pregnancies since their loss in 1988.
- National Mortality Followback Survey (1966-1968, 1986, 1993)
Uses a sample of United States residents who die in a given year, supplementing information derived from the death certificate with information from the next of kin or another person familiar with the decedent's life history. This information, sometimes enhanced by administrative records, is collected in order to study the etiology of disease, demographic trends in mortality, and other health issues.
- National Survey of Family Growth (1973+)
Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, desired family size, and expectation of further children. Also reports background information about the respondent and her husband, such as education, religion, ethnic origin, occupation, and earnings. For the final round see the CDC pages.
- National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) (2003+)
State-based, active surveillance system designed to obtain a complete census of all resident and occurrent violent deaths in participating states.
- Nicaragua: Encuesta sobre Salud Familiar (1992)
- Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicilios (1973-1979, 1981-1990, 1992-1993, 1995-1999, 2001-2004, 2006-2009)
National household sample survey for Brazil. Includes general characteristics of the population, migration, education, labor, income and fertility, as well as families and households. Also available directly from IBGE at their FTP site.
- Philadelphia Social History Project Series
Was a pioneering effort by an interdisciplinary group of scholars and students to study the historic social, economic, and demographic dynamics of Philadelphia. Begun as a comparative study of social mobility in a 19th-century city, the PSHP grew into a broad example of "New Urban History." Compiled a machine-readable data base unprecedented at the time, including block-by-block description of the 2.5 million persons living in Philadelphia in the years 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 and hundreds of thousands of individual persons and families as well as the city's housing, businesses, manufacturing firms, and transportation facilities. Additionally, the PSHP reconstructed the careers of thousands of ordinary persons to permit longitudinal analysis on the individual level.
- Popular Baby Names (1880+)
Top 1,000 baby names by year for males and females in the United States and top 100 male and female baby names by state since 1960
- Population Council. Data Portal.
Microdata for Bangladesh, Guatemala, India, and Vietnam on a wide variety of topics including contraception, child marriage, gender based violence, HIV prevention and transmission, population policy, schooling, sexuality and sexual behavior, sex education, youth and transition to adulthood, and financing literacy. Registration is required.
- Population Research Center at NORC and The University of Chicago
Makes available data from some of the Population Research Center's projects. Interesting datasets include the National Health and Social Life Survey, the Chicago Health and Social Life Survey, the Chinese Health and Family Life Survey, and the Taiwan Women and Family Studies. Profiles sexual behavior, demography and health.
- Social survey of Jerusalem, 2003 : micro data
Main objective is to provide reliable and up-to-date basic statistical information about the Palestinian community in Jerusalem in the fields of demography, social affairs and household economy. Provides detailed statistics about education, health, labor force, cultural activities, and Israeli violations against Palestinian people in Jerusalem.
Sample Size: Approximately 3,002 households including 16,029 persons.
- Social, Demographic and Educational Data for France, 1801-1897
Consists of 161 selected social, demographic, and educational datasets for France in the period 1801-1897. The data were collected from published reports of three national statistical series: (1) National Censuses, (2) Vital Statistics, and (3) Primary Education.
- Status of Older Persons in Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Countries, Census Microdata Samples
Formerly called Dynamics of Population Aging in ECE Countries. Assembles a set of cross-nationally comparable microdata samples for Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) countries based on the 1990 national population and housing censuses in countries of Europe and North America to study the social and economic conditions of older persons. These samples have been designed to allow research on a wide range of issues related to aging, as well as on other social phenomena. Includes Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Turkey.
- Survey of Family Income and Expenditure (SFIE) 1994-2003 (Taiwan)
National survey that administers an interview of household members to collect data on household facilities & housing conditions, household member characteristics, details on family income & expenditure, family consumption, capital gains & losses, and transfer payments. Continues the Survey of Personal Income Distribution. Note: use Internet Explorer.
Sample Size: 13,000 households
- Survey of Status of Women and Fertility
- Survey on the Status of Women And Fertility
Survey on the Status of Women And Fertility - A Comparative Study of Women's Status and Fertility in Five Asian Countries. Most surveys with good data on fertility and fertility-related behavior lacked measures of female autonomy and the roles played by women within households and communities. In an effort to redress this gap in the available data base, a team of researchers was assembled in the late 1980s to do a set of comparative studies in Thailand, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Pakistan. After some preliminary studies and consultation, it was resolved to do larger scale surveys in each country, with samples of women and their husbands drawn from purposively selected communities, defined in different ways in different countries. The focus on communities was motivated by a recognition that many of the most salient theoretical ideas concerning the status of women and fertility were best operationalized at this macro level (Smith, 1989). The studies themselves were fielded in 1993 and 1994.
Survey on the Status of Women And Fertility (Electronic File)
Principal investigator: Smith, Herbert L., Sharon J. Ghuman, Helen J. Lee, and Karen Oppenheim Mason.
- Terra Populus: Integrated Data on Population and Environment
Integrates the world's population and environmental data, including population censuses and surveys; land cover information from remote sensing; climate records from weather stations; and land use records from statistical agencies. Currently includes Argentina, Brazil, Malawi, Spain, United States, and Vietnam.
- UK Data Archive. Population and Vital Statistics Data.
Various population data sets from the United Kingdom Data Archive. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA. Not all data is available outside the United Kingdom.
- Urban and Rural Population by Age and Sex 1950-2005
Estimates for 175 countries that had more than 300,000 inhabitants in 2005. Estimates are reported every 5 years for 1950-2005, by sex and by 5-year age groups.
- Victoria Longitudinal Study (VLS)
Large-scale multi-faceted investigation of human aging. Examines late-life changes in numerous aspects of health, cognition, biological status, adaptivity, and psychosocial factors. Operating in two sites (Edmonton, Alberta, and Victoria, British Columbia), the VLS examines profiles, patterns, and predictors of age-related changes in healthy, community-dwelling middle-aged and older adults.
- Vietnam Longitudinal Survey (1995-1998)
One of the largest sociological surveys ever conducted in Viet Nam. First longitudinal survey, undertaken in Vietnam, to be conducted in sociology.
The aims of the VLS project are to:
- Design an area probability sample survey to collect high quality demographic and social data for a representative sample of households and adults in one region of Vietnam
- Collect baseline data for 1,855 households and all resident adults in the household
- Track all respondents and re-interview them with focused questionnaires annually for five years
- analyze the impact of the changing household economy on demographic phenomena in Vietnam
- West Malaysian Family Survey, 1966-1967
National (contemporary Peninsular Malaysia) probability sample survey consisting of an initial household screening interview followed by an intensive interview of all currently married women, aged 15 to 45, living in the screened households. Primary objective was to gather baseline data on fertility and on family planning knowledge, attitudes, and practices.
- World Contraceptive Use (2010)
Includes trends on contraceptive prevalence and unmet needs for family planning. 2012 is found on the UN Site.
- World Fertility Data (2006, 2008)
Data on fertility and marriage for 192 countries. The indicators are selected in such a way as to present a concise picture of reproductive behavior from both period and cohort perspectives. The data are compiled from civil registration, population censuses and nationally representative sample surveys. The basic criterion for inclusion of data is its reliability. No attempts were made to estimate missing data. For each country, available data are presented for 2 dates. An earlier date was centered on 1970 and the most recent on 2000 or later. In cases where data for 1970 are not available, the closest date is selected from within the 1960-1985 period. For the later date, the most recent available estimate since 1986 is selected. Reference dates were chosen on the basis of two criteria: the database should contain most recent available data and the benchmark data that should correspond to the beginning of sustained fertility decline in most parts of the world. 2012 is found on the UN site.
- World Marriage Data (2006, 2008)
Contains data on marriage for 192 countries. Indicators are selected in such a way as to present a concise picture of marital behavior from both period & cohort perspectives. Data are compiled from civil registration, population censuses and nationally representative sample surveys. The basic criterion for inclusion of data is its reliability. No attempts were made to estimate missing data. For each country, marital statuses and period indicators are presented for 2 dates. An earlier date was centered on 1970 and the most recent on 2000 or later. In cases where data for 1970 are not available, the closest date is selected from within the 1960-1985 period. For the later date, the most recent available estimate since 1986 is selected. Reference dates were chosen on the basis of two criteria: the database should contain most recent available data and the benchmark data that should correspond to the beginning of sustained fertility decline in most parts of the world. 2012 is found on the UN site.
- World Mortality Report (2011)
Includes death rates, infant mortality, under age 5 mortality, life expectancy, and probability of dying between ages 15 and 60. Some data goes back to 1950 with projections to 2015.
- World Population Prospects
Comprehensive set of demographic indicators for 1950-2100. Includes measures of fertility, life expectancy, migration, and measures of the impact of HIV/AIDS. Older versions are on the DSS server.
- World Urbanization Prospects: The 2005 Revision
Provides a comprehensive and consistent set of urban and rural population data for the world's countries and areas, as well as for urban agglomerations with more than 750,000 inhabitants in 2005. The data referring to urban and rural areas cover the period 1950-2030 and those referring to urban agglomerations cover the period 1950-2015. The 2014 revision on the web is more up to date and has projections through 2050, but offers less manipulation. Princeton also has the 2003 version.
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