Seventy-one thousand and a couple of hundreds more.
That’s the official tally of the population of Dominica, according to the preliminary results of the 2011 population census.
The just released figures suggest that there has been a slight decrease of 434 in the country’s population.
As of midnight May 14, 2011 Dominica’s total population numbered 71, 293.
Chief Statistician Prama Carrette who disclosed the figure, said this represented a slight 0.6% decline over the 2001 preliminary results, and a 2.0 percent fall below the 2012 mid-year population estimate of 72,729.
A break down of the collected data shows that at the moment the population comprises 36, 411 males and 34, 882 females.
This means that males outnumber females by 1,529.
“Dominica’s highest number of non-institutional population occurred in 1981 when 73, 795 was recorded, For the following three censuses, the population have not exceeded this number,” Carrette reported.
She added that “in spite of demographic forces affecting population growth over the last decade, mainly the 31.5 percent decrease in total births and the out-migration of 4000 persons, the Dominica population remained almost stable”.
The figures for births and deaths show that from 2001 t0 2010 a total of 10,207 births were added to the population, falling 4,696 births below the previous decade.
According to the results, during the same period, 5,502 persons died, almost stable over the previous decade with 5,581 deaths. Of these 5,502 deaths, 2,606 were females and 2,869 were males.
The census also revealed that Haitian migrants have become the main migrant population in Dominica.
According to the census, the Haitian-born population numbered 1,054 with 608 males and 566 females, altogether accounting for 1.5 percent of the population.
The preliminary count for centenarians recorded a total of 17, most of them are females.