Guyana’s population stands at 746,955 − census report


The Bureau of Statistics just recently announced its publications of compendiums one and two of a four-part compendium series detailing the findings of the 2012 Census.

According to the Bureau the findings of the 2012 Census highlighted a continued proportionate decline in the populations of the main ethnic groups and a compensatory increase among the Mixed-races and Amerindians\Indigenous populations. The final population count stands at “746,955”.

Nevertheless, the Bureau noted: “The distribution pattern of the ethnic groups has still remained unaffected since the 2002 Census with Indo-Guyanese remaining as the largest group followed by those of African Heritage, the Mixed Race, the Amerindians\Indigenous peoples and the Portuguese, respectively.”

censusAccording to the 2012 Population and Housing Census: “The final census count has been adjusted downwards by 929 persons from the preliminary count, a difference of 0.12 per cent. This difference is insignificant and within acceptable limits according to demographic standards.”

The Bureau of Statistics in a media release posited that the Final Report for the 2012 Census will be disseminated in fourth compendium.

The Body explained that in accordance with its commitment to disseminate the Report from June, the methodological note on the final Census count and compendium one were disseminated on the Bureau’s Website in May and June of 2016, respectively.

The recent publication, compendium two however, was disseminated earlier in the current month of July and provides further information about the country’s “population composition in terms of Ethnicity, Age structure, Dependency Ratios, & Religion.”

Additionally, new information about the population trends such as national population size by Region and population growth patterns are also detailed in this latest publication.

The upcoming third compendium will analyse “the important Economic Activity profile of the population and will be disseminated by the end of August. The final Compendium which will address the remaining key Topics such as Education, Fertility, Mortality, Housing will be disseminated by end November” said the Bureau.

Additionally, there is expected to be a table module with data from other interesting topic areas which will also be disseminated with the fourth compendium.

According to the Bureau of Statistics: “Guyana has completed its 2012 National Population and Housing Census. Like the 2002 Census, Census 2012 was conducted as part of the United Nations 2010 Global Round of Population and Housing Censuses. The 2010 round spans the period 2005-2014 and as customary saw the Caricom group executing their censuses in the year that is halfway within the period defined as the 2010 round.”

The Population and Housing Census is one of Guyana’s largest national exercises. In the Census, which is conducted every ten years: “Enumerators (census-takers) visit every household in every part of the country to administer questionnaires that collect social and economic information and data on the population. The Population and Housing Census is an extremely important national exercise and it is every citizen’s duty to cooperate according to the laws of Guyana, as the Census produces a huge body of information that is used in planning and development.”

The Bureau of Statistics in its release noted that a plethora of information with accompanying tables are now available for all types of users.

The Compendiums are available for free download on the Bureau’s website




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