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Montserrat census shows 10 percent population growth

“On May 12, 2011, the usual resident population of Montserrat consisted of 4,922 persons, 51.7 percent of whom were male and 48.3 percent female. The total number of usual residents was 10.2 percent or 457 more persons than the 2001 Census. This suggests that the population who reside permanently on Montserrat, grew on average by 45 persons per year. The growth in 2011 contrasts the decline that was observed in the previous intercensal period 1991-2001, when the 2001 usual resident population was less than half of the 1991 count,” a statement from the department read.

”Where we usual residents found? Most of Montserrat’s usual residents, that is 4,843 persons, occupied private dwellings in May 2011. The remaining 79 persons were found in collective living quarters at the Homes for the Elderly and Her Majesty’s Prison. The population living in these collective housing units or ’non-private’ dwellings fell by more than 50 percent when compared to Census 2001. 

”The usual resident population of Montserrat was centred in Look Out. Usual residents numbered more than 600 persons or 13.6 per cent of the population in the 2011 Census. The majority of residents living outside of Look Out were located in Brades/Shinnlands (9.1%) and St Peter’s (8.9%).

”What has changed since 2001 Census? As in the previous Census, the island was divided into 22 geographical areas called Enumeration Districts. The populations in 11 of the Enumeration Districts grew at rates above the national average (10.2%) between 2001 and 2011. Barzeys showed the strongest growth in its population (+297%), followed by St John’s/Mongo Hill (+86%). The populations of St John’s North, Brades/Shinnlands and Olveston remained relatively stable between Censuses. The populations in the other Enumeration Districts decreased, with strongest declines in Happy Hill (-62%) and Isles Bay (-54%). ”

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