Since 1970, the Southern Demographic Association has hosted an annual meeting each fall, usually in October. The SDA meeting provides a friendly venue for people to present academic and applied demographic research, to discuss and learn about population issues, and to meet others with common interests.

2019 Annual Meeting

The Southern Demographic Association's annual meeting took place October 23-25, 2019 in New Orleans, LA.

View the final program.

Wednesday Workshop: New Tools for Accessing ACS Data

In this workshop, participants will learn how to access American Community Survey (ACS) data using two tools: the new platform and the Census Bureau's Application Programming Interface (API). In the first half of the workshop, experts from the Census Bureau will provide an overview of, which is replacing American FactFinder. Participants will learn how to use the system to query data for specific subjects or tables and how to use advanced query features to extract data for multiple geographies. The second half of the workshop will focus on how to access the API, how to identify ACS variables and geographies to build queries, and where to find additional resources.

In addition to the tutorials, participants will have time to work through hands-on exercises—both on and the API—with support from technical experts.

Participants should bring a laptop or tablet to participate in the hands-on portion of the workshop. This workshop is free to conference attendees and will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, October 23rd. Local researchers and students interested in attending the pre-conference workshop who are not attending the annual SDA meeting can register separately for the pre-conference workshop for a fee of $15.

Luncheon Speakers

Thursday, October 24th

2020 and Beyond: Key Developments and New Initiatives at the U.S. Census Bureau, Victoria Velkoff, Associate Director for Demographic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau

Friday, October 25th

Health and Demographic Disparities in Recovery from Hurricane Katrina: The KATRINA@10 Program - With a Special Focus on Vietnamese-Americans, Mark J. VanLandingham, Thomas C. Keller Professor and Director of the Center for Studies of Displaced Populations, Tulane University

Meeting Registration and 2020 Membership

Use the form below to register for the 2019 New Orleans meeting and join SDA for calendar year 2020.

Fee schedule (Meeting+Membership)

Dates Student Regular
through Sep 27 (early) $125 $225
Sep 27 - Oct 22 (standard) $140 $250
Oct 23 and later (onsite) $155 $270

The meeting fee includes your 2020 SDA membership. Can't make the meeting? Renew your SDA membership here.

Conference Hotel

The conference hotel is the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center. The conference rate is $169/night and there are a limited number of government rate rooms. Book at the SDA rate using this link.

You must reserve by 9/30 to receive the conference rate.

Upcoming Events

    • 18 Oct 2023
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 20 Oct 2023
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Hotel Contessa, 306 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

    The 2023 SDA annual meeting will take place from Wednesday, October 18 to Friday, October 20 at the Hotel Contessa, 306 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

    All paper/poster/session submissions must be made by 11:59pm CDT on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at the following link: SDA Abstract Submissions.

    About Hotel Registration at Conference Rates

    Cutoff for conference rates is September 19:

    • Students and government workers: Contact Kara Joyner at UT-San Antonio (, the local arrangements liaison for the conference, to arrange for hotel registration at lower rates for students and government rates for government workers.
    • All other registrants: Conference hotel rate is $229 per night.  To book at this rate click this link  and follow the directions that are there.

    Luncheon Plenary Sessions

    When you register, you are able to select one (or both, for an additional $25) luncheon plenaries to attend.

    Thursday, October 19th

    Robert Hummer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Adolescents No Longer: A Sneak Peek at Wave VI of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) as the Cohort Moves Toward Midlife

    Friday, October 20th

              Steven Ruggles, University of Minnesota

    Deconstructing Database Reconstruction: History of a Census Bureau Statistical Experiment

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