Stefan Rayer, Ph.D.
Dr. Stefan Rayer is the director of the Population Program in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994, a Master of Science degree in development sociology from Cornell University in 1997, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in development sociology with a specialization in demography from Cornell University in 2001.
From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Rayer worked as a demographic statistician for the Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was responsible for the production of population estimates and projections for the cities and towns of Massachusetts. He joined the BEBR Population Program as a research demographer in 2003. Until being appointed Population Program director in 2014, he has produced BEBR’s population projections for Florida.
As Population Program director, Dr. Rayer oversees the production of population estimates for all cities and counties in Florida, and population projections by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin for Florida and each of its counties. His research interests include population estimates and projections, internal migration and population redistribution, aging and disability, and population-environment interactions. Dr. Rayer has published articles in demographic and planning journals, authored technical reports on population estimates and projections, and presented papers at a variety of professional meetings. He is a Florida representative in the Census Bureau’s Federal-State Cooperative Programs for Population Estimates (FSCPE) and Projections (FSCPP).