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Demographics High Dive: Getting Started

Created to support a session of the 2017 Research Resources Forum, this guide provides links to tools and resources for finding demographic information on a variety of topics.

What are Demographics?

Demography is the study of the characteristics of a population as well as groups within a population.

The word "demography" comes from a combination of two Greek words:

DEMOS (δῆμος) meaning "the people" and GRAPHE (γραφη) meaning "writing."

So, "demography" is "writing about the people."

And "demographics" are the statistical data on the characteristics of a population and/or particular groups within it. In other words, demographics are the numerical outputs resulting from the study of a population.

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