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  • Census of Population & Dwellings 2006 and 2001

    2006 Census of Population and Dwellings  

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    Population Tables

    2001 Census of Population and Dwellings

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  • Census of Population & Dwellings 2011

    The Cook Islands Census of Population and Dwellings is conducted every five years under the authority of the Statistics Act 1966. The census counts all persons present in the Cook Islands on census night, including visitors temporarily in the country. Cook Islanders who are abroad permanently or are temporarily on vacation abroad are excluded.

    2011 Census of Population and Dwellings 
    The 2011 Census was the ninth census of the Cook Islands population and dwellings. The census took place on 1 December, 2011 and the full report was published in December 2012. The tables below includes a brief snapshot of the total and resident populations from 2001 to 2011. The full report and accompanying excel tables can be downloaded below.

        Census Total Population 2001-2011
        2001 Census 2006 Census 2011 Census
      Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female
      Cook Islands   18,027 9,300  8,727   19,342 9,816  9,526  17,794  8,815  8,979
      Rarotonga  12,188 6,258  5,930  13,890  7,030  6,860  13,095  6,460  6,635
      Southern Group  4,013 2,048  1,965  4,055  2,044  2,011  3,586  1,777  1,809
      Northern Group  1,826    994     832  1,397    742    655   1,113    578    535

     

    *The total population includes all persons present at census night in the Cook Islands excluding residents away from the Cook Islands at the time of the census (even if they intended to be away only for a short time.

      Census Residents Population 2001-2011
      2001 census 2006 census 2011 census
      TOTAL Male Female TOTAL Male Female TOTAL Male Female
    Cook Islands 14,990 7,738 7,252 15,324 7,822 7,502 14,974 7,409 7,484
    Rarotonga 9,424 4,833 4,591 10,266 5,218 5,008 10,572 5,278 5,294
    Southern Group 3,777 1,934 1,843 3,729 1,877 1,852 3,290 1,635 1,655
    Northern Group 1,789    971    818 1,369    727    642 1,112    577    535

    Source: Cook Islands Statistics Office

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  • Census of Population & Dwellings 2016 Results

    Content Updated: Full Census Tables in the links below

    The Census of Population and Dwellings is a five yearly stock take of people in the Cook Islands and their housing. It is the primary source of information on the size, composition, distribution, economic activities and state of well being of the population. The Census of Population and Dwellings 2016 is being conducted under the authority of the Statistics Act 2016. The particular provisions relating to this census is set out in sections 18 and 19 of the Act. Other sections of the Act that apply are the secrecy provisions that provide against the release or publication of any individual particulars.

     

    2016 CENSUS RESULTS

    2016 CENSUS FINAL REPORT

    On 1 December 2016 the Cook Islands total population count was 17,434, decreasing by 2 per cent when compared to the 2011 Census.  This figure consists of residents and non-residents (mostly tourists) in the Cook Islands on Census night. 

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    Rarotonga remains the most populous island of the Cook Islands with 75 per cent of the population residing there.  The Southern Group islands account for 19 per cent of the population while 6 per cent were in the Northern Group islands on Census night. 

    On Census night there were 8,520 males and 8,914 females in the Cook Islands, a decrease of 295 males and a decrease of 65 females since 2011.  In a change from the previous years, prior 2011, there is now parity in the gender makeup of the Cook Islands, whereas previously males made up a slightly larger proportion of the population.

     

    2016 Census Full Report and section tables are now available for download below:

    2016 CENSUS FINAL REPORT

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    TABLE 1: DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS

    xlsTABLE_1_-_2016_DEMOGRAPHIC_CHARACTERISTICS_VO.xls300 KB

    TABLE 2: SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS

    xlsTABLE_2_-_2016_SOCIAL_CHARACTERISTICS_VO.xls601 KB

    TABLE 3: EDUCATION CHARACTERISTICS

    xlsTABLE_3_-_2016_EDUCATION_CHARACTERISTICS_VO.xls470.5 KB

    TABLE 4: ECONOMIC AND LABOUR FORCE

    xlsTABLE_4_-_2016_ECONOMIC_AND_LABOUR_FORCE_VO.xls397 KB

    TABLE 5: FERTILITY CHARACTERISTICS

    xlsTABLE_5_-_2016_FERTILITY_CHARACTERISTICS_VO.xls471 KB

    TABLE 6: HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS

    xlsTABLE_6_-_2016_HOUSING_CHARACTERISTIC_VO.xls100.5 KB

    TABLE 7: SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS

    xlsTABLE_7_-_2016_SOCIO-ECONOMIC_CHARACTERISTIC_VO.xls278 KB

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    Describing the total population of a country and its geographical distribution within the country are common and essential elements of all censuses. However, the definition of what constitutes the population of an area varies from country to country and largely depends on the requirements of users. The total population may be defined to include or exclude foreigners in the country and its own nationals in other countries. It may or may not include certain population groups within the country.While the definitions of total population vary among countries, those definitions are nevertheless categorized under either of the two principal concepts commonly adopted for a census enumeration, namely:

    a) Place of enumeration (de facto);

    b) Place of usual residence (de jure).

    The “De facto” population concept which allocates persons according to their location as of the time of enumeration.This category includes all persons physically found present in a country on the date or time of the census. The total population will comprise all persons present in the country when the census is taken and enumerated at the place where they are at census time, regardless of their usual place of residence. In practice, and for operational convenience, the concept is applied to the place where the person slept on the night preceding census day or was present at a defined census hour.

    The “de jure” population is a concept under which individuals are recorded (or are attributed) to a geographical area on the basis of the place of usual residence.All persons present at their place of usual residence will be enumerated, as well as those who may be temporarily absent from their place of usual residence, irrespective of where they are at the time of the census. Enumeration is carried out on the basis of place of usual residence, irrespective of whether the person is, or is not, present at that place at census time.The Cook Islands uses the “de jure” population concept because it provides a better indication of permanent population and household composition of an area.

  • Vital Statistics and Population Estimates

    Vital Statistics and Population Estimates is a quarterly report on the total and resident population estimate based on vital events of birth and deaths plus net migration data derived from tourism migration data. It also reports on the various vital events such as births, deaths and marriages. Some basic demographic crude rates such as for birth, death and infants deaths including natural increase are also reported in this release.

    Latest Release - 26 April, 2016 - March Quarter, 2016

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    Key facts

    In the March 2016 quarter compared with the December 2015 quarter:

      • Births increased by 20.5 per cent with 26 births being females and 21 births were males.
      • Deaths decreased by 57.6 per cent.
      • Crude birth rates increased by 3.9 and Crude death rates fell by 1.2
      • Marriages fell by 48.8 per cent. 86 per cent were visitors and 14 per cent marriages were residents

     BDM Statistics Graphs 201601

     

  • Vital Statistics and Population Estimates - September 2016

    Vital Statistics and Population Estimates is a quarterly report on the total and resident population estimate based on vital events of birth and deaths plus net migration data derived from tourism migration data. It also reports on the various vital events such as births, deaths and marriages. Some basic demographic crude rates such as for birth, death and infants deaths including natural increase are also reported in this release.

    Latest Release: September Quarter, 2016.                 Released 21 December, 2016

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    Key facts

    Quarterly change

    In the September 2016 quarter compared with the June 2016 quarter:

    • Births decreased by 10.0 percent with 29 births being males and 25 births were females.
    • Deaths decreased by 8.3 percent.
    • Crude birth rates decreased by 4.6 and Crude deaths rates fell by 1.9
    • Marriages increased by 28.1 percent. 96 percent were visitors and 4 percent marriages were residents 

    Annual change

    From June year 2015 to June year 2016:

    • Cook Islands Total population estimates made minimal increase of 4.3 percent
    • Resident population estimates fell by 11.5 percent.

     BDM Statistics Graphs 201603

     

  • Vital Statistics and Population Estimates -June 2016

    Vital Statistics and Population Estimates is a quarterly report on the total and resident population estimate based on vital events of birth and deaths plus net migration data derived from tourism migration data. It also reports on the various vital events such as births, deaths and marriages. Some basic demographic crude rates such as for birth, death and infants deaths including natural increase are also reported in this release.

    Latest Release - 26 April, 2016 - June Quarter, 2016

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    Key facts

    Quarterly change

    In the June 2016 quarter compared with the March 2016 quarter:

    • Births increased by 25.0 per cent with 29 births being females and 31 births were males.
    • Deaths increased by 33.3 per cent.
    • Crude birth rates and crude deaths rates increased by 5.2 and 2.1per 1000 population
    • Marriages increased by 1.7 per cent. 92 per cent were visitors and 8 per cent marriages were residents 

    Annual change

    From June year 2014 to June year 2015:

    • Cook Islands Total population estimates made minimal increase of 0.5 per cent
    • Resident population estimates fell by 4.4 per cent.

     BDM Statistics Graphs 201602