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Center for International Earth Science Information Network - CIESIN - Columbia University. 2018. Gridded Population of the World, Version 4 (GPWv4): Administrative Unit Center Points with Population Estimates, Revision 11. Palisades, New York: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). https://doi.org/10.7927/H4BC3WMT. Accessed DAY MONTH YEAR.
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The files for this data set are available at the global, continental and national levels. Global and continental versions of the data are available in Esri Geodatabase, OGC GeoPackage (SQLite), and CSV formats. The global data are packaged as five tiles: U.S.A. data by census regions (four tiles) and non-U.S.A. data (one tile). As an alternative, the data are also available by country in Shapefile, OGC GeoPackage (SQLite), and CSV formats. Due to file format size limitations, the U.S.A. data are packaged by state. The data are stored in WGS84, geographic coordinate system (latitude/longitude).
Each downloadable is a compressed zip file containing either the Shapefile (.shp), Esri Geodatabase (.gdb), OGC GeoPackage [SQLite] (.gpkg), or CSV for the desired geography. A separate documentation zip file contains PDF documentation, an Excel file (.xlsx) with country-level information and sources, and a text file (.txt) with a log of changes to the data set by version.
To access the global or continental data in Esri Geodatabase format, select “Global” from the Geography drop-down menu.
To access the country data in Shapefile format, select a continent from the Geography drop-down menu.