Population Reference Bureau

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Population Reference Bureau
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PRB headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Established 1929
Chairman Margaret Neuse
President/CEO Jeff Jordan
Location Washington, D.C., USA
Address 1875 Connecticut Ave NW, #520
Washington, D.C. 20009
Website Official Website

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is a private, nonprofit organization which informs people around the world about population, health and the environment for research or academic purposes.[1][2] It was founded in 1929.[3]


PRB was founded by Guy Burch in 1929.[3] In the early 1930s, it shared office space with the Population Association of America (conceived in December 1930 and created in May 1931) in New York City.[3]


PRB aims to have a three-fold mission: Inform (inform people about up-to-date research on population-related issues), Empower (help people put the information to use), and Advance (make sure that policies related to population, health, and the environment are based on sound research).[4]

The organization focuses its work around these "core themes": Reproductive Health and Fertility; Children and Families; Global Health; Population and the Environment; Aging; Inequality and Poverty; Migration and Urbanization; and Gender. PRB also emphasizes two Strategic Approaches: Building Coalitions and Mobilizing Civil Society.[4]


PRB's annual World Population Data Sheet is a double-sided wallchart that presents data from 200 countries on important demographic and health variables such as total population, fertility rates, infant mortality rates, HIV/AIDS prevalence, and contraceptive use.[5]

PRB's online DataFinder[6] allows users to search a database of hundreds of demographic, health, economic, and environment variables for countries, world regions, and states in the United States.

PRB's glossary of population-related terms has been described as an authoritative source by people writing about population.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Health Information From Other Trustworthy Sources". Womenshealth.gov. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Population Reference Bureau". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Population Association of America Timeline" (PDF). Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Mission". Population Reference Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2013 World Population Data Sheet". Population Reference Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "DataFinder: PRB's Hub for U.S. and International Data". Population Reference Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ Jonathan V. Last, What to Expect When No One's Expecting, 2013, p. 5.

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