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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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 Those who braved the housing market soon discovered the final problem: demography. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "How a Hungry Canadian Beetle Helped Triple the Price of Lumber," 27 Apr. 2021 So, if demography is destiny, then our destiny is a massive fiscal meltdown. Bob Haber, Forbes, "The Slow-Motion Economic Train Wreck," 20 Apr. 2021 Rogelio Saenz, professor of demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio, remembers Santos was involved in one of the first national surveys of Chicanos and knows intimately what the Census Bureau is facing. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: Biden's census pick a statistician with a social justice heart," 17 Apr. 2021 Allan Puur, a professor of demography at Tallinn University, said in Estonia financial incentives increased by 20% the number of families that had a third child. Ibtissem Guenfoud, ABC News, "Baby boom or baby bust? Pandemic could have lasting effect on birth rates.," 3 Apr. 2021 To a certain extent, demography dictates the hegemony of the old in Japan. New York Times, "An ‘Old Men’s Club’ Dominates Japan. The Young Just Put Them on Notice.," 26 Feb. 2021 The case for the slot at Interior being based purely on demography is buttressed by the fact that Lujan Grisham and Haaland have very different views regarding federal-land management. Paul Gessing, National Review, "Deb Haaland Could Be a Disaster at Interior," 23 Feb. 2021 This destroys assumptions demography was destined to lift Democrats. Chris Reed San Diego Union-tribune (tns), Star Tribune, "Who is Trumpisim's heir apparent?," 13 Nov. 2020 The disparities are alarming, but the state’s report does not reflect a sense of urgency, said Rogelio Sáenz, a professor of demography at the University of Texas San Antonio. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "State proposals to address COVID-19′s unequal effects on Black and Latino Texans still months away," 1 Feb. 2021

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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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“Demography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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 demography (audio) \ noun

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