Open Spatial Demographic Data and Research

Open access spatial demographic datasets built using transparent approaches.

WorldPop develops peer-reviewed research and methods for the construction of open and high-resolution geospatial data on population distributions, demographic and dynamics.

What is WorldPop?

WorldPop is an interdisciplinary applied research group focusing primarily on supporting improvement of the spatial demographic evidence base and the use of these data for health and development applications, including addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. Its mission is to enable decision makers to harness the power of spatial demographic data through high quality applied research, to achieve a vision of a world where everyone, everywhere is counted in decision making.

Our global impact

We partner with governments, UN agencies, donors and universities around the World, to co-develop solutions using spatial demographic research. Click on the map to find out about our activities and use of our open population data.

WorldPop Spatial Demographic Data and Research

WorldPop COVID-19 research

Publications and datasets to support the global response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mapping populations

Integration of geospatial datasets in open modelling frameworks to map population distributions at high spatial resolution and over time.

Spatial demographics

Geospatial data integration to construct open datasets on subnational population age and sex structures.

Mapping development indicators

Geostatistical method development to produce high resolution open datasets on indicators such as literacy, poverty and malnutrition.

Maternal and child health

Research into subnational patterns of key indicators, including births, treatment seeking, service utlization and vaccination coverage.

Population dynamics

Integrating data from mobile networks, satellites, travel schedules and surveys to capture, characterize and map population movements.

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Our mission.

High spatial resolution, contemporary data on human population distributions are a prerequisite for the accurate measurement of the impacts of population growth, for monitoring changes and for planning interventions. WorldPop aims to meet these needs through the provision of detailed and open access population distribution datasets built using transparent approaches.

WorldPop Data

Putting the power of population data into your hands.

The WorldPop Program Application Programming Interface (API) provides researchers and software developers access to WorldPop data.

Connect to WorldPop data's API

Use this platform to spur innovation from other teams and stay on top of the latest technology. Utilizing open standards, interoperability, data, APIs, and code can connect you directly with your data's community.

WOPR API for developers

The WOPR REST API provides a way for geo-web servers and other computers to communicate with the WorldPop Open Population Repository to submit requests for data and to retrieve results.

 WorldPop is a core partner of the Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) program.

 WorldPop is the global geospatial data analysis centre for the Countdown to 2030 initiative.

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