Regional Information Center Collection and State Library Resources

Demographic Information: Manuals and Methodology

Demography is the study of the characteristics of human populations. The Regional Information Center has lots of information on the demographics of Maryland, particularly central Maryland. Below are materials on how to use demographic data.

Other Demographic Materials 

The materials listed below are available for use on-site at 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, by appointment only . Please call 410-732-9570 to arrange a time to visit.

2000 Census of Population and Housing, Summary Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics, Selected Appendixes. Washington, DC: Bureau of the Census, 2003. (510.5 phc 2000 2 A)
Comprehensive description of what the census is, with definitions of  geographic and subject terms.

American Community Survey: a Handbook for State and Local Officials. Washington, DC, Bureau of the Census, 2004. (510 acsh)
Explains what the survey is and how it relates to the decennial census.

American Community Survey Data for Community Planning. By Cynthia M. Taeuber. Victoria, BC, Canada: Trafford Publishing, 2006. (510 acsd)
Teaches practical skills for finding and using population and housing statistics from the Census Bureau's newest data set.

Analysis With Local Census Data; Portraits of Change. By Dowell Myers. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, Inc. 1992. (XHA29.M94 1992)
Provides an overview of census data and a practical, hands-on introduction to its analysis.

Census 2000 Basics. By Andrea Sevetson. Washington, DC: Bureau of the Census, 2002. (510.5 pc 2000 ctb)
Describes how the 2000 census was conducted and how data are being reported.

A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data. Washington, DC: Bureau of the Census, 2008. (510 cuua)
A series of manuals on the American Community Survey for general data users, the business community, media and others.

Demographics: People and Markets. By Thomas W. Merrick and Stephen J. Tordella. Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau, 1988. (510 dpm)
Good explanation of how to use demographic characteristics in market, product and site analyses.

Demography; Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. By Samuel H. Preston. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. (XHB849.4.P73 2001)
Graduate level textbook on demographic research methods.

Guide for Local Area Population Projections. By Richard Irwin. Washington, DC: Bureau of the Census, 1977. (510 glap)
Describes how to review, evaluate and prepare population projections for local areas.

A Guide to State and Local Census Geography. Washington, DC: Bureau of the Census, 1993. (510.5 pc 90 gsl)
Census data are published at various kinds of geographic units, some of which are familiar, such as cities and counties, and others of which may not be, such as census tracts, block groups, and metropolitan areas. This guide explains what they all are, how they relate to each other and lists idiosyncrasies for each state.

Measuring America: the Decennial Census from 1790 to 2000. Washington, DC: Bureau of the Census, 2002. (510 madc)
Description of contents of each census back to the very first one.

The Methods and Materials of Demography. By Henry S. Shryock. London, UK: Elsevier Academic Press, 2004. (510 mmd 2004)
New edition of a classic text in how to use population data for analytic studies.

Using Census Data to Help Communities: Census Information Centers at Work. Washington, DC: Bureau of the Census, 2003. (510 ucdh)
Provides brief case studies of how census information can be used to understand and improve local quality of life.

Using the American Community Survey; Benefits and Challenges. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2007. (510 uacs)
Discussion on the usability of American Community Survey numbers as a replacement for decennial census data.