Description: The International Data Base (IDB) is a computerized source of demographic and socio-economic statistics for 227 countries and areas of the world. The IDB was created in the Census Bureau's International Programs Center in response to the information requirements of IPC staff to meet the needs of organizations that sponsor IPC's research efforts. The IDB provides quick access to specialized information, with emphasis on demographic measures, for individual countries or selected groups of countries.
The IDB combines data from country sources (especially censuses and surveys) with IPC's estimates and projections to provide information dating back as far as 1950 and as far ahead as 2050. Because the IDB is maintained at IPC as a research tool in response to sponsor requirements, the amount of information available for each country may vary. As funding and research activity permit, IPC will update and expand the coverage. The various government agencies, international organizations, and others who sponsor IPC's research program support and benefit from the IDB.
The major types of data available in the IDB include: population by age and sex; vital rates, infant mortality, and life tables; fertility and child survivorship; migration; marital status; family planning; ethnicity, religion, and language; literacy; labor force, employment, and income; households. The data characteristics include: temporal: selected years, 1950-present, projected demographic data to 2050; spatial: 227 countries and areas. The resolutions include: national population, selected data by urban/rural residence, and selected data by age and sex.