Demographic Yearbook System

The United Nations Statistics Division collects, compiles and disseminates official demographic and social statistics on a wide range of topics. Data have been collected since 1948 through a set of questionnaires dispatched annually to over 230 national statistical offices and have been published in the Demographic Yearbook collection. The Demographic Yearbook disseminates statistics on population size and composition, births, deaths, marriage and divorce, as well as respective rates, on an annual basis. The Demographic Yearbook census datasets cover a wide range of additional topics including economic activity, educational attainment, household characteristics, housing characteristics, ethnicity, language, foreign-born and foreign population.

Population and Vital Statistics Report


(Tables 2 and 3 of the report are updated every two weeks.)

The Population and Vital Statisti cs Report presents most recent data on 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. It also presents United Nations estimates of the mid-year population of the world, and its major areas and regions.

 

International Travel and Migration Statistics

DYB Special Issues - data from 2000 and 2010 rounds of censuses (1995 to present):

DYB Annual Issues:

Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1990 - 1999

Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1980 - 1989

Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1970 - 1979

Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1960 - 1969

Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1948 - 1959

Previous DYB Special Issues:

For Housing Data click here


Population Censuses' Datasets (1995 - Present)

The United Nations Statistics Division collects from all the National Statistical Offices several population censuses' datasets. The data are collected via the Demographic Yearbook census questionnaires. The censuses' datasets reported by the National Statistical Offices for the censuses conducted worldwide during the period 1995 - Present are available below.

Basic population characteristics

  • Population by sex and urban/rural residence - View data
  • Population by age, sex and urban/rural residence - View data
  • Population by marital status, age, sex and urban/rural residence - View data
  • Female population by age, number of children ever born alive and urban/rural residence - View data
  • Female population by age, number of children living and urban/rural residence - View data

Educational characteristics

  • Population 5 to 24 years of age by school attendance, single years of age, sex and urban/rural residence - View data
  • Population by literacy, age, sex and urban/rural residence - View data
  • Population 15 years of age and over by educational attainment, age and sex - View data

Ethnocultural characteristics

  • Population by national and/or ethnic group, sex and urban/rural residence - View data
  • Population by language, sex and urban/rural residence - View data
  • Population by religion, sex and urban/rural residence - View data

Migrant stock

  • Native and foreign-born population by age and sex - View data
  • Foreign-born population by country/area of birth, age and sex - View data
  • Foreign-born population 15 years of age or over by country/area of birth, educational attainment and sex - View data
  • Population by citizenship status, age and sex - View data
  • Foreign population (non-citizens) by country of citizenship, age and sex - View data
  • Foreign population (non-citizens) 15 years of age or over by country of citizenship, educational attainment and sex - View data
  • Economically active foreign-born population by occupation, age and sex - View data

Household characteristics

  • Population by type of living quarters, age and sex - View data
  • Population in households by type of household, age and sex - View data
  • Population in households by type of household, age and sex of head of household or other reference member - View data
  • Population in households by relation to head of household or other reference member and by age and sex - View data
  • Households by type of household, age and sex of head of household or other reference member - View data
  • Households by age and sex of head of household or other reference member and by size of household - View data
  • Households by type of household and sex and marital status of head of household or other reference member - View data

Economic characteristics

  • Population by activity status, age, sex and urban/rural residence - View data
  • Population not economically active by functional category, age and sex - View data
  • Employed population by status in employment, age and sex - View data
  • Employed population by industry, age and sex - View data
  • Employed population by occupation, age and sex - View data
  • Employed population by status in employment, industry and sex - View data
  • Employed population by status in employment, occupation and sex - View data
  • Employed population by marital status, age and sex - View data

The questionnaires of the Demographic Yearbook

The Demographic Yearbook data are collected on the basis of the following questionnaires sent to countries.

Annual Questionnaires:

Population Estimates Questionnaire
Vital Statistics Questionnaire
Questionnaire on International Travel and Migration Statistics

Census Questionnaires:

The following census questionnaires and a census metadata questionnaire are sent to a country when it is known that a census has been conducted:

Census metadata questionnaire
Population Census Questionnaire: General Characteristics
Population Census Questionnaire: Economic Characteristics
Population Census Questionnaire: Economic Characteristics - Annex Tables
Population Census Questionnaire: Household Characteristics
Housing Census Questionnaire: National data
Housing Census Questionnaire: Data for selected cities

Technical reports

The technical reports review the instruments used by the Demographic Yearbook to collect data from national statistical offices in terms of how well they adhere to relevant international guidelines in terms of concepts, definitions and classifications used.

The technical reports also review the experience of countries with regard to reporting of the requested data to the Demographic Yearbook for the period 1961 to 2000, and relate national practices with respect to classifications to relevant international recommendations for the topics being reported. The main international recommendations that are the focus of the assessment are, as appropriate, the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 1, the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 2, and Recommendations on Statistics of International Migration, Revision 1.


The technical reports prepared thus far are:

National reporting of age and sex-specific data - Implications for international recommendations (ESA/STAT/2004/1, April 2004)
Report (Size 0.5 MB)
National reporting of fertility data - Implications for international recommendations (ESA/STAT/2004/2, April 2004)
Report (Size 0.6 MB)
National reporting of mortality data - Implications for international recommendations (ESA/STAT/2004/3, April 2004)
Report (Size 0.8 MB)
National reporting of international migration data - Implications for international recommendations (ESA/STAT/2004/4, April 2004)
Report (Size 0.3 MB)
National reporting of economic characteristics data from population and housing censuses - Implications for international recommendations (ESA/STAT/2004/5, April 2004)
Report (Size 0.3 MB)
National reporting of household characteristics, living arrangements and homeless households - Implications for international recommendations (ESA/STAT/2004/6, April 2004)
Report (Size 0.4 MB)
National reporting of data on marriage and divorce - Implications for international recommendations (ESA/STAT/2004/7, April 2004)
Report (Size 1.3 MB)
 

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