2021 APC Resource Guide

Greetings –

On behalf of the Association of Population Centers (APC), I am proud to share with you the 2021 edition of the APC Resource Guide, a compendium of individual profiles of the nation’s premier independent population research organizations. In these pages, you will find a comprehensive overview of the current state of population science including research subject matter, interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations, and applications to real-world decision-making and policy development.

Founded in 1991, the Association of Population Centers is an independent group of university-based centers and private sector research organizations whose mission is to:

  • Foster collaborative demographic research and data-sharing
  • Translate basic population research for public policy decision-makers
  • Provide educational and training opportunities in population studies

Approximately 40 distinct entities comprise the APC, including broad-based population centers as well as several centers focused specifically on aging populations. All the centers are by design interdisciplinary, drawing faculty and research staff from diverse fields such as demography, economics, geography, medicine, public health, anthropology, biology, public policy, statistics, and sociology. Scholars at APC centers conduct research on the individual, societal, and environmental implications of population change and vice versa. Their diverse interests include topics such as aging and retirement, minority health, adolescent health, childcare, immigration and migration, family formation and dissolution, fertility, morbidity and mortality, post-disaster resilience, housing and homelessness, rural and urban populations, and population forecasting. This research, in turn, serves to inform planning, policy formulation, and decision-making at the local, regional, national, and even international levels.

APC centers rely on an array of public and private funding sources to support their scientists’ research. The National Institute on Aging and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health provide most of the competitive federal funding for demographic research. The National Science Foundation and the Agency for International Development are two other important sources of federal support. Population researchers also rely on accessible data produced by the Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to conduct their research.

For more information about the Association of Population Centers, please browse our website.

Sara R. Curran
President, Association of Population Centers