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POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS 2011
HISTORY OF CENSUS TAKING The first Census in Jamaica was conducted in 1844. Census 2011 will be the 14th Census undertaken since the start of Census taking in Jamaica and the second for the 21st century. A summary of Census figures and the frequency undertaken is as follows:
YEAR NUMBER POPULATION ENUMERATED FREQUENCY
1844 1st 377,433 -
1861 2nd 441,264 17 years
1871 3rd 506,154 10 years
1881 4th 580,804 10 years
1891 5th 639,491 10 years
1911 6th 831,383 20 years
1921 7th 858,118 10 years
1943 8th 1,237,063 22 years
1960 9th 1,609,814 17 years
1970 10th 1,848,512 10 years
1982 11th 2,190,357 12 years
1991 12th 2,380,666 10 years
2001 13th 2,607,632 10 years
2011 14th ? 10 years
CENSUS AT A GLANCE
  • Censuses are taken at regular intervals. Jamaica has since 1960 tried to maintain the 10-year interval recommended by the United Nations.
  • The Statistics Act, Section 11, requires everyone to give information to the Census Takers.
  • Information collected is strictly confidential and is protected by Law, Statistics Act, Sections 18 and 19. Statistics(Amendment) Act 1984
  • A Population and Housing Census is NOT the same as Voter Registration.
  • Jurors’ names are NOT selected from the Population Census
  • The information collected will not be made available to anyone including Tax Authorities or any other Agency of Government.
  • The information collected will be used only for the purposes for which it is intended.
  • The information collected will be published only on groups of people so that no information given by an individual can be recognized.
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