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The population of Tuvalu has been steadily increasing, according to records by the statistics department. In the last census in 2002, 10 years ago, the population was 9, 561 and by the year 2012 it had increased to 10, 782.
This total population was determined by a snapshot that was taken on the night of the 4th of November 2012 the Census Night.
The National Population and Housing Census 2012 Report launched on Friday, 15 August and validated that the total population of 10, 782, constituted of 5, 515 men and 5, 267 women, an increase of 1221 residents.
This is the first time that men had outnumbered women in Tuvalu.
Speaking at the launching on Friday, Finance Minister Maatia Toafa said that the report is evidence of things that happen in Tuvalu, inhouseholds and in the country as a whole. This evidence will greatly assist in the making of valuable decisions and in the formulation of policies that will help better people’s lives.
The population data reveals that a lot of urban drift was happening over the years so by census night, the population on Funafuti had jumped from under 50 percent in 2002 to 57.1% in 2012.
2012 Census Commissioner Grace Alapati presented the report at the launching and commented that the broad based popula tion pyramid is an indication that the population will surely grow in the future.
The census was done with the financial support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), while technical support was provided by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
The Central Statistics Department recruited eight census trainers, 29 fieldwork supervisors, 89 enumerators and six office supervisors to carry out the census 2012, while the enumerators were mainly accountable for enumerating every person during the two weeks in which the census was carried out.
SOURCE: FENUI NEWS/PACNEWS
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