The following sites provide up-to-date snapshots of the world's population. Information is also available by region and country. These data provide augment Schaefer's presentation throughout the text, but have special relevance to Chapters 3, 8, 11, 13, 14, and 15.
2000 World Population Data Sheet: A quick reference that provides useful tabular information about the age structure, infant mortality rates, and life expectancies across world regions. This table documents dramatic differences in the age structure and life expectancy between less and more developed countries. Less developed countries have much younger populations than their more developed counterparts. Compiled by the Population Reference Bureau.
Country Snapshots: This database allows you to obtain summary demographic data for 227 countries throughout the world. This is a resource provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Gender Statistics: This site, supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, provides country-specific data on gender for European and North American countries that cover educational attainment, employment, parliamentary membership, leading causes of death, non-marital births and births to teens, life expectancy at birth, women's income as a percentage of men's, average age at first marriage, and a population pyramid.
Social Security Program Summaries: This database presents summaries of social security programs for each of 172 countries. The tables are presented in PDF format. If you do not have the Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) Reader necessary to read these files, you can download a free copy from the Adobe website.
Reproductive Health in the Developing World: Detailed information about reproductive health. Includes information on percentages of births attended by trained health personnel, percent of married women using contraception (by method), and percent of HIV/AIDS infection in population for individual countries.
The World's Women 2000: Trends and Statistics: Home page for United Nations publication on women at the turn of the century. Page provides summary of various topics related to women and their families.