CBS reports

Mid-pandemic, the CBS, our Central Bureau of Statistic conducted the sixth Population and Housing Censo, accounting for all those living on the island.

We were asked to fill in a digital questionnaire, or be helped by enumerators that were assigned to visit living-quarters here. Given the magnitude and complexity of the questions, the enumerators were trained on the definitions and procedures used. I filled in my questionnaire on line, it was extensive.

The information was subjected to a thorough review-process to make sure it gives policy-makers, academia, and the public in general relevant information about the socio-demographic characteristics of the population of Aruba, because better data, provides better policies, better lives, and a better Aruba, all that according to CBS. And it makes sense.

At the end of September all the information of Censo2020 will be available in a book form, and in digital form on the CBS site, but pieces of it are already available on line.

In October last year, Aruba’s population numbered 111,050, and it is estimated to grow to 132,000 by 2030.

Some highlights as they appeared in AweMainta this week.

Censo2020 counted 108,166 person representing a growth by 6,682 persons in comparison to Censo2010.

In the last 10 years our population continued to grow but slower than in the previous decade. Thus in the last 10 years our population increased 6.6%, that means that their needs have grown as well, and the water and electricity suppliers, etc., better take note.

In terms of population density, Censo2010 declared there were 564 persons per square kilometer, and now we are denser at 601, per square kilometer, once of the denser islands in the Caribbean.

As far as the male, female ratio, females represent 52.8% of our population, males 47%, and the average populations age is 42, four years older than the findings in 2010.

The average age of women is 43, while the average age of men is 40, and the largest group in our population are adults between the ages of 18 and 64, they represent 62.8% of the population, an increase of 4.3%.

The second biggest group within our population are young people between the ages of 0 and 17, they are 21.2% of our population, a 10.9% decrease since 2020. We have less young people. The smallest group of our population are the elderly, 65 and up, this group represents 16% of our population. Compared to Censo2010, this number grew substantially by 63% in other words, our population is aging.

For more information, go to WWW.Census2020.aw and on Facebook Central Bureau of Statistics

https://census2020.aw/en/census-documentary/

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September 28, 2021
Rona Coster