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.

2023 Annual Meeting

The 2023 Southern Demographic Association annual meeting was held October 18-20, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas, at Hotel Contessa.

Click HERE to see the Program

Meeting Registration and Calendar Year 2024 Membership

Registration for the 2023 SDA meeting is now open. Click here to register for the meeting.

Fee schedule (Meeting+Membership)

Dates Student Regular
May 27 through Sep 19 (early) $125 $225
Sep 20 - Oct 16 (standard) $140 $250
Oct 17 and later (onsite) $155 $270

The meeting fee includes your 2024 SDA membership. Can't make the meeting? Renew your SDA membership here.

Conference Hotel: Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, TX

Cutoff for conference rates is September 19:

  • NEW: We have a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate ($229 per night) at the Westin Riverwalk. The Westin Riverwalk is across the street from the conference hotel (Hotel Contessa). To book at this rate click this link.
  • 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.

  • Luncheon Plenary Sessions

    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

    During the meeting, SDA will announce the 2023 winners of three awards:

    • E. Walter Terrie Award for “the best paper presented at the SDA Annual Meeting on an applied topic, especially one relating to state and local demography” (1 paper per 1st author)
    • Everett S. Lee Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award (1 paper per 1st author)
    • Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award (1 paper per 1st author)

    All paper award submissions must be made by 11:59pm CDT on Friday, September 15, 2023 to their respective email addresses noted above. For award consideration, the paper submitted must be on the SDA program and must be presented at the SDA meeting by the author.

    Questions? Contact Jarron Saint Onge, Program Chair ( or see more details at

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