Guyana Census 2012 highlights decline in main ethnic populations
The Bureau of Statistics announced, on July 18, its publications of Compendiums One and Two further detailing the findings of the 2012 Census.
This recent publication, Compendium Two, was disseminated earlier this month. It 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.
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 2016 respectively.
The findings of the Census highlight a continued proportionate decline in the populations of the main ethnic groups and a compensatory increase among the Mixed-race and Amerindians\Indigenous populations.
The final population count stands at 746,955 persons. Nevertheless, 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.
2.1.1 Ethnic Distribution and Growth
- The East Indians are the largest ethnic group, and presently comprise 39.8 percent (297,493), down from 43.4 percent at the 2002 Census.
- They are followed by persons of African Heritage (29.2 percent), down from 30.2 percent.
- The third in rank are those of Mixed Heritage (19.9 percent) up from 16.7 percent in 2002 Census. This group continued to be a significantly growing group over the past three decades, a similarity of trend noted for the
- Amerindian group at present comprising 10.5 percent of the population.
- The smallest groups are the Whites (0.06 percent or 415 persons), the Chinese (0.18 percent or 1377 persons), and the Portuguese (0.26 percent or 1910 persons) respectively in that ascending ranking order. A small group (0.03 percent or 253 persons) when asked did not identify with any of the listed race/ethnic groups (Figure 2.1 and Table 2.1).
The Final Report for the 2012 Census will be disseminated in four main Compendiums. The upcoming Compendium Three analyses 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 and Housing will be disseminated by end of November. Additionally, a table module with data from other interesting topic areas will also be disseminated with Compendium 4.
A plethora of information with accompanying tables is now available for all types of users. The Compendiums are available for free download on the Bureau’s web site http://www.statisticsguyana.gov.gy/
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Population & Housing Census 2012 – Compendium Two – Population Composition: Ethnicity, Age Structure & Religion more
Population & Housing Census 2012 – Compendium One – National Population Trends: National Size and Growth more
Population & Housing Census 2012 – Final Population Count – This extract contains basic tables on the final results of the Population Count. more