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World Bank Subnational Population Database, 2000-2015

Title details

SN: 7958
Title: World Bank Subnational Population Database, 2000-2015
Depositor: World Bank Group
Principal investigator(s): World Bank Group

Subject Categories

Population censuses - Population, vital statistics and censuses


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The World Bank Subnational Population database contain time series population estimates for 75 countries at the first-level administrative divisions (provinces, states, or regions). The database has time series data from 2000 onwards, with total population numbers for each area and the shares relative to total national population estimates.

The common data source of population estimates for most countries is a census, often conducted every 10 years or so. Many countries publish annual estimates between census years, but few publish similar population estimates for subnational regions. This database aims to provide intercensal estimates using a standard methodology.

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These data were first provided by the UK Data Service in April 2016.

Citation: The bibliographic citation for the databases is: World Bank ({YYYY}): Subnational Population ({date/edition of dataset}). UK Data Service. DOI: {edition specific doi - e.g.}.
Main Topics:
The following topics are covered:

• Population, total
• Population (% of total)

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 2000 - The Data series stats in 2000
Country: Multi-nation
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Administrative units (geographical/political)
Kind of data: Numeric data
Aggregate (macro) level
Universe: Cross-national; National; Subnational
75 countries and 1377 subnational regions: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Congo Dem. Rep., Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Venezuela RB, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen Rep., Zambia
Time dimensions: Time Series
Sampling procedures: See documentation for details.
Method of data collection: The data underpinning the estimates were published by National Statistical Offices worldwide and subnational population data from the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of the Earth Instituteat Columbia University . The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, in collaboration with national statistical offices and other data providers worldwide, makes available a global gridded population database derived from the highest-resolution subnational population data available. Known as the Gridded Population of the World (GPW), CIESIN produces the data under the auspices of the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
Weighting: The World Bank adjusted the estimates from these sources to represent the mid-year point (July 1), interpolating or extrapolating the data as needed. For the interpolated data, the World Bank used the constant rate of change between two available adjacent data points which overlaps mid-year point(s). For the extrapolated data, we used the same rate of change as the average of the earliest (or latest) 3 years the population shares for each first-level administrative division and applied these to the annual total population estimates in the World Development Indicators to calculate estimates or population numbers for subnational regions.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 25 April 2016
Latest edition: 23 February 2017 (2nd Edition)
Copyright: Copyright World Bank Group
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is not required.
Please note: As a result of the World Bank's Open Data initiative the World Bank datasets hosted by the UK Data Service are freely available to all. Please refer to the Terms of Use for Datasets in The World Bank's Data Catalog.
Availability: UK Data Service
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