Barbados Population and Housing Census
Barbados will be conducting a Population and Housing Census in May 2010. The over arching goal of the Census, is to compile a comprehensive set of data on the characteristics of the Barbadian population at a fixed point in time. This fixed point is called "Census Day". No enumeration will take place on Census Day. Enumeration will begin the day after Census Day. Census Day is used as a reference point.
What is a Population and Housing Census?
A Population Census is a complete count of every person living in a country at a specific time. It is the process of collecting, evaluating, analyzing and publishing demographic, economic and social information pertaining to those persons.
Data relating to but not limited to the following topics will be included in the Census:
- Type of house
- Year built
- Marital and Union status
- Ethnic Origin
- Education & Training
- Fertility (Females only)
- Economic Activity
How Will the Population Census be taken?
The entire process will last approximately 6 weeks. Trained enumerators will visit every building throughout the island, listing them systematically. In each household they will collect information on every member, including babies born prior to or on Census Day and persons temporarily out of the island or in hospitals.
Why is a Census Necessary?
The last Census was conducted in 2000. Since then, new houses have been constructed, the population has grown and other changes have taken place within Barbados. The Census is designed therefore to assess these changes as well as to provide data on which social and economic programmes can be developed and existing programmes can be evaluated.
All information received will be confidential. Information is published in an aggregated format which means that the results will not reveal the identity of any individual. All enumerators and other personnel connected with the process are required to take an oath of secrecy. These personnel will carry a certificate of authority bearing a picture and signed by the Census Officer. This certificate should be presented to the respondent prior to the start of the interview.
Role of the Respondent
Since the goal of every Census is a complete count of the population, each individual can ensure the success of the Census by:
- cooperating fully with the census enumerator
- ensuring that each and every member of his/her
- household is enumerated
- providing accurate information
All information received will be confidential.
The last Census was conducted in 2000. Since then, new houses have been constructed, the population has grown and other changes have taken place within Barbados.
Here is an indication of the Barbados resident population derived from previous Censuses. Above is a table with data for the years 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000.