The Columbia Gazetteer of the World provides users with access to authoritative information on more than 170,000 places and areas around the world. Coverage extends beyond the country level to states, cities, towns, provinces, counties, villages, hamlets, and neighborhoods. In addition to statistical data, the Gazetteer provides rich, in-depth information about the economic, historical, and cultural context of places. Gazetteer's entries cover: demography, physical geography and political boundaries; industry, trade, and agriculture; cultural, historical, and archaeological points of interest; transportation lines, longitude, latitude, and elevations; official government place-names and changed or variant names and spellings. Includes maps, almanacs, and historical population figures, starting with every available U.S. census from 1790 to 2000.