Key Websites

This page contains a number of links to useful resources and sites which we have categorized into three groups. Please contact us if you think something else should be included.

Spatial Demography Research Resources
Applications of Spatial Demography Resources
Geospatial Data Resources

Spatial Demography Research Resources

The Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA)
CSDA is located at the University at Albany, State University of New York. It has many researchers that employ spatial data and methods in their research (see the Research section of their website, specifically the Spatial Inequalities). CSDA collaborates with The Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Rural Research and supports the Urban China Research Network.

Esri GIS Bibliography
Esri is the company behind ArcGIS, the most popular GIS software in the world. This bibliography offers a number of other resources to those interested in GIS. It currently contains almost 200,000 GIS-related items and it is constantly maintained and updated.

The Great Plains Population and Environment Project is hosted at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center. This project “analyzes the recursive relationships between environment, population, and land use in the Great Plains, a semi-arid grassland covering roughly one-third of the United States, over a period of about one hundred and fifty years.”

Macro International’s Demographic and Health Research Division is home to the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) which has “collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries.”

The Pennsylvania State University, Population Research Institute (PRI) created its Geographic Information Analysis Core in 1996. Much of the work using GIS and spatial analysis is with faculty in both the College of Health and Human Development and the College of the Liberal Arts. Both PRI and the Department of Geography are directly involved with the GISPopSci project. The Department of Geography is a leader in GIS research and instruction (see the recent online Masters in GIS).

Population Studies & Training Center at Brown University includes researchers that focus on spatial demography. Brown University also houses the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences initiative, which has information about a number of projects at the intersection of the spatial and social sciences.

The RAND Corporation’s Labor and Population Program is host to the Los Angeles Families and Neighborhoods (LAFANS) project, an important longitudinal study whose goal is to “understand: how neighborhoods affect a variety of outcomes, including children’s development and well-being and stress and health among children and adults.”

The University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is home to the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) project. MPC is also host to IPUMS-USA and IPUMS-International data sets, which collect and distribute census data. The Geography Department at the University of Minnesota is one of the strongest graduate programs in the United States, and it offers an online Masters degree in GIScience.

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Center (CPC) was the first Population Center to create a dedicated Spatial Analysis Unit. CPC houses a number of spatial demography projects including (a) Nang Rong, Thailand Project, and (b) Ecuador Project. CPC also hosts the Distance Advancement of Population Research (DAPR) that includes modules based on spatial demography.

University of Wisconsin’s Center for Demography and Ecology includes the Applied Population Lab (APL), whose mission is to “carry forward a program of applied demographic research and outreach to translate social and economic data into useful information.”

Applications of Spatial Demography Resources


Public Health and Epidemiology

Spatial Segregation

  • The Measuring Spatial Segregation projectHosted at Pennsylvania State University’s population research institute. The project “developed and refined a new approach to measuring spatial (race/ethnic) segregation that addresses known flaws in other measures.” This page offers free download of SpatialSeg, a package for ArcGIS 9 that measures spatial segregation.
  • Spatial Segregation Measurement ProjectA project by David Wong of George Mason University to create improved methods of measuring spatial segregation. Includes some downloadable ArcGis scripts.
  • Virtual Laboratory in Racial and Ethnic Stratification and InequalityRun by Mark Fossett at Texas A&M Universty. Offers several tools for measuring and analyzing segregation.

Geospatial Data Resources

U.S. Data—University Sites:

U.S. Data—Federal Agencies:

International Data:

Spatial Data Vendors and Clearinghouses: