Benefits of Membership

Why Join?

Founded in 1931, PAA membership has increased from 1,300 in 1965 to nearly 3,000 today, reflecting the growing interest in the population field. By becoming a PAA member, you receive critical benefits that boost your career and support the population research community. 

Demographers and population research scientists who are PAA members have access to the following benefits:


PAA publications keep members informed about important issues in the scientific study of the population. Our flagship journal is Demography, a quarterly scientific journal which includes research conducted in several disciplines including the social sciences, geography, history, biology, statistics, business, epidemiology and public health.

Our well-liked member newsletter is PAA Affairs which reports the activities of the Association, events of professional interest and employment opportunities. Members also receive a weekly update e-newsletter.

Finally, the PAA Committee on Applied Demography publishes the Applied Demography Newsletter which includes articles of interest to state, local and business demographers.

Annual Meeting

The PAA Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for the presentation of scientific papers to a peer audience. Other activities include workshops, roundtable discussions, and an exhibition of population related publications, software, products and services. PAA members receive discounts on registration, exhibit space, and unique opportunities to present their work and publications.

Professional Growth

Members can be part of several educational and professional development opportunities throughout the year. We offer webinars, panel sessions, and networking events virtually. You can grow by providing mentorship to up-and-coming demographers, or find a mentor to help guide you through career challenges.

Directory of Members

PAA members have access to the online Directory of Members, a searchable database containing names, institutional affiliation and contact information. (Members have the option to be hidden from the directory.)


Members are encouraged to become active in one of the PAA committees involved with the Annual Meeting, publications, membership, finance, awards, population statistics, international outreach or applied demography. There are various opportunities to help out your fellow demographers during the Annual Meeting and throughout the year. 

How to Join PAA

There are several categories of membership.

All categories have full access to all member benefits and voting rights in PAA elections. 

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