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

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

Examples of demography in a Sentence

the shifting demography of Europe
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the gap between City and Bury is one of demography as well as footballing wealth. The Economist, "Football marks the boundary between England’s winners and losers," 29 Feb. 2020 Russia is engaged in over-militarisation, in conflict multiplication, but has its own internal issues: demography, economy, etc. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron in his own words (English)," 7 Nov. 2019 But demography is just one reason why Chinese government bonds make up an important part of a global portfolio. Mike Bird, WSJ, "How to Invest in China’s Perilous Demographics," 20 Jan. 2020 Changing demography and the possibility of evolving voter preferences help explain why another event in 2020, the census, has taken on great importance. The Economist, "ImmigrationImmigration shapes the politics of California and Texas," 20 June 2019 Such masculine demography has helped promote a sometimes toxic atmosphere for women in academia—including faculty and students in the sciences—according to dozens of researchers from across Latin America who spoke with Science. Lindzi Wessel, Science | AAAS, "‘The spark has ignited.’ Latin American scientists intensify fight against sexual harassment," 20 Feb. 2020 The best way to fully understand the phenomenon is to watch the videos: These TikTok dadis may end up altering the demography of social media content in India. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Can’t make your video go viral on TikTok? Maybe your grandma can help," 19 Dec. 2019 Most of the riot’s victims were Muslims; the demography of the state was transformed, with most Muslims crowded into ghettos. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Has Narendra Modi Finally Gone Too Far?," 17 Dec. 2019 YouGov matched personal data from respondents with the demography of each constituency to estimate voting results in every seat. The Economist, "Dual threat Voting Lib Dem could hurt the Tories as much as Labour," 7 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Apr 2020

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“Demography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of demography

: the study of changes (such as the number of births, deaths, marriages, and illnesses) that occur over a period of time in human populations also : a set of such changes


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 demographer (audio) \ noun

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