The National Statistics Office has published the first results of the population and housing census. The census was conducted last November, and its initial results show that in the last decade there has been a very substantial increase in the Maltese islands’ population.
While the previous census conducted in 2011 had indicated a population of just over 417,000, it now appears that our country’s population has risen to 516,000. This means an increase of almost a hundred thousand people, or an average of ten thousand people a year.
This increase is very sharp and in fact it took our country between 1957 and 2011 to have an equivalent absolute increase in the population.
The census also indicates that there are 210,000 private homes in our country, including apartments. Which means that on average just over two people live in each home.
The census also indicates that there are 210,000 private homes in our country, including apartments.
It also turns out that there are about 10,000 people living in institutions, mostly nursing homes. Since there are 269 such houses, on average, 37 people live in each of these homes.
This census was the first in which a person could submit their details online rather than face-to-face to a census enumerator.
This after around 225,000 letters were sent to all residences in Malta and Gozo. About a third of the recipients of these letters filled the Census online. About a thousand people were recruited to help with the census process which then shifted to the traditional home by home enumeration process.
The in-depth analysis of Census results is currently underway, and this is expected to lead to a preliminary report in the second quarter of the year. Then in the last quarter of the year the final census results will be published, resulting in a treasure trove of economic, social and demographic information.