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Our population hits 515,870

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SI population reaches the half a million mark.
The total population of the Solomon Islands officially recorded in the 2009 (recent) census, now stands at 515,870.

In an electronic publication containing only 50 pages of the 331 page detailed print version census, the increase was by 106,828 compared to the previous census conducted in 1990.

The 1990 census recorded a total population of 409,042.

The released publication is the first of two major publication volumes covering the 2009 population and housing census.

The second, which will be released at a later date, is Volume II Report on 2009 Population and Housing Census and will contain analysis.

This release follows a preliminary result released in November 2010; one year after the census enumeration was conducted in November 2009.

The current release show population of both females and males from each province and other detailed results.

Solomon Islands population recorded by a national census carried out in 1970 was 160,998.

In 1976 the census recorded an increase of more than 300,000 people, from

160, 998 (1970) to 196,823 (1976).

Another count was conducted in 1986 which recorded the total population of 285,176.

In 1990, the population moved up to some 409,042.

According to the government’s statistics office, the average annual increases of population are at the rate of 2.3 percent.

The Solomon Star will continue to study the statistics and disseminate vital information based on the figures in coming days.

By EDNAL PALMER