Human Statistics

An area where you can familiarize yourself with various statistical indicators on Urban Settlements, Development and Growth. Some of these sites are:

Asia Week: Asia’s Best Cities
Asiaweek has published a survey which polled 40 selected cities in Asia, including all the major capitals, looking at 23 indicators. The main factors on which cities are ranked are: economic opportunity, quality of education, environment and sanitation, health care, transportation, personal security, housing cost, and leisure.
CIA World factbook (U.S. CIA)
Offers statistical and narrative descriptions by country
Country and regional data (Philadelphia University)
Essentially an extensive well-organized full text statistical abstract of country or regional data. Coverage includes social, economic, environmental, legal data, and much more.
Country studies (U.S. Library of Congress)
The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) country reports and profiles
- UCB Only These narrative and statistical studies provide objective and timely analysis and forecasts of the political, economic, and business environment in more than 180 countries. Annual profiles are updated by quarterly reports
ELDIS country profiles (Institute of Development Studies, Sussex)
Excellent site. Includes sectoral profiles and links to other descriptive and statistical profiles by country.
Global Urban Observatory
Statistical Annexes to the Global Report on Human Settlementss
Guide to Environmental Statistics: Human Settlements
The United Nations Statistical Office (UNSO) compiles and publishes basic statistics on human Settlements in an effort to assist governments in reviewing human Settlements conditions and in formulating policies and programs to deal with urbanization and other major concerns and to promote the systematic development of human Settlementss.
Human Settlementss Development Programme, Asian Institute for Technology (AIT)
Asia’s 13 Largest Cities, Urban/rural population (1995), Population of large cities (1995)
International statistics (UC Berkeley, Library)
Lists links to some of the major resources for international statistical, organized by world and regional coverage, and then subject.
OFFSTATS: official statistics on the web (University of Auckland, Library)
Lists web sites offering "free and easily accessible social, economic and general data from official or similar "quotable" sources." Organized by country or topic.
Network on Urban Research in the European Union (NUREC)
International Yearbook of Large Cities Statistics (1000 cities). Year of reference: 1993. Data on: Total population; Demographic indicators; Newly constructed housing units in recent years; Employed persons by industry; Total number of households; Health facilities; Vehicle stocks; Water supply and consumption systems; Housing units by type and usable floor area; Sanitation and sewerage; Unemployed persons; Economic classification of revenue; Economic classification of expenditure; Local government revenues and expenditure; Gross enrolment ratio by level of education; Land use.
OECD statistics (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
The OECD collects statistics needed for the analysis of economic and social developments by its in-house analysts, committees, working parties, and member country governments from statistical agencies and other institutions of its member countries.
Statistical resources on the web (University of Michigan, Documents Center)
Comprehensive. Excellent starting point.
Statistical agencies (International, U.S. Bureau of the Census)
Very useful site, providing links to the web sites of 100+ national statistical agencies, organized alphabetically by country.
UNCHS (Habitat): Global Urban Indicators Database

Database containing 46 urban indicators for 237 cities, based on 1993 data. Currently being updated. Statistics on global human Settlementss have also been published in UNCHS (Habitat)’s Global Report on Human Settlementss 1996 (Print edition only: US$27). The statistical annex in the Report contains 21 tables covering various topics, including population, land, housing and infrastructure. The next edition of the Global Report will be published in 2001.

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division: Urban population figures
Tables by country: Annual growth rates and size of urban agglomerations of more than one million and 10 million in 1996 and projected estimates for 2015. Also published in Urban Agglomerations 1996, United Nations, New York (1997). (ST/ESA/SER.A/163)
UNDP Human Development Report 1999
PDF files can be downloaded using the Adobe Acrobat Reader Statistical Tables: Monitoring human development (PDF), includes the Human Development Index (HDI), GDI, GEM, HPI and HDI trend data Human Development Index (html) All other indicators (PDF only)
Transparency International: Corruption Indices
Transparency International (TI) published the fifth annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) in 1999, which ranked a record 99 countries, compared to 85 in 1998. The CPI is a poll of polls based on a large number of surveys from a number of independent organizations. TI also released the new Bribe Payers Perceptions Index (BPI) in 1999. This ranks 19 leading exporting countries in terms of the degree to which their corporations are perceived to be paying bribes abroad. The BPI, undertaken for TI by Gallup International (GIA) in 14 leading emerging market economies, shows that companies from many leading exporting nations are widely seen as using bribes to win business. The data provides a disturbing picture of the degree to which leading exporting countries are perceived to be engaged in corrupt practices.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Fact Book 1999
The World Factbook is produced by CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence. The Factbook is a comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities. Cost: US$118 (CD Rom)
William M. Mercer Companies LLC, 1999: Quality of life in 218 cities
This study of 218 cities, conducted by London-based human resources consultants William M. Mercer, looks at 39 factors governing quality of life, including politics, economics and environment, personal safety and health, education, transport and recreation. The survey is conducted annually to help multinational companies assess international quality of living standards for placing their expatriate workers. The rankings are based on conditions prevalent toward the end of 1999.
The World Bank: World Development Indicators 1999
The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank’s flagship statistical reference. WDI retains its basic thematic presentation with six sections covering: World View, States and Markets, People, Global Links, Economy and Environment. It includes more than 800 indicators for 148 countries and regional and income groups, with basic indicators for a further 62 countries.
World Resources Institute
The World Resources Report 1999 presents some of the information required to build a basic picture of the state of the Earth in its human, economic, and environmental dimensions. Where possible, the data tables assembled show how these dimensions have changed over time. Chapter 9 contains Urban Indicators, 1980–2025: total urban population, percentage of urban population, and urban growth rates; At the city level, data included contains city populations, growth rates, and various parameters that measure the quality of the city environment.