The post-Trewartha boom: The rise of demographics and applied population geography

David A. Plane

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This essay focuses on the rise of applied population geography coincident with the lifecourse of persons born 50 years ago when Glenn Trewartha presented 'A case for population geography'. Applied population geography and demographics came of age along with the post-Second World War baby boom generation. At the present time and in coming decades, new sources of population data and modes of analysis should lead to an ever-expanding role for 'geographic method' in population research, the business world and governmental realms. The paper concludes with some thoughts on geographical education in the face of a robust job market for students trained for careers in demographics and local scale planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalPopulation, Space and Place
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • Applied population geography
  • Baby boom
  • Careers
  • Data
  • Demographics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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