de·​mog·​ra·​phy | \ di-ˈmä-grə-fē How to pronounce demography (audio) \

Definition of demography

: the statistical study of human populations especially with reference to size and density (see density sense 2c), distribution, and vital statistics

Other Words from demography

demographer \ di-​ˈmä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce demography (audio) \ noun

Examples of demography in a Sentence

the shifting demography of Europe
Recent Examples on the Web Cassels focuses on the study of topics related to health geography, demography, and infectious disease epidemiology. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2022 The name of the project comes from the blue concentric circles drawn in Pes and Poulain's demography work that highlighted villages with longer lifespans. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 From start to finish, the document is deeply nationalist and socially conservative, and one area of its public policy in particular attracts great attention: reengineering the nation’s demography to reinforce its native Hungarian character. Lyman R. Stone, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 The racial-quota immigration regime finally fell in 1965, opening up American borders to foreign nationals everywhere and rearranging American demography: In 2018, the U.S. had 44 million immigrants, about four times as many as any other nation. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 Chart that out by demography and geography, and the defensive matrix only gets more complex: Certain communities will have built up higher anti-COVID walls than others, which will remain relatively vulnerable. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 Jan. 2022 The listener demography is increasing in tandem with the variety of podcast content, and this trend is expected to continue in 2021. Ellevate, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Employers also consider the demography of talent in the hiring process. Kristen Fowler, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The considerable discrepancies between long-term population forecasts reflect real unpredictability, Nico Keilman, a former demography professor at the University of Oslo who spent his career studying uncertainty, told me. Stephanie H. Murray, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of demography

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demography

demo- + -graphy

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28 May 2022

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de·​mog·​ra·​phy | \ di-ˈmäg-rə-fē How to pronounce demography (audio) \
plural demographies

Medical Definition of demography

: the statistical study of human populations especially with reference to size and density, distribution, and vital statistics

Other Words from demography

demographer \ -​fər How to pronounce demography (audio) \ noun

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