Guyana has completed its 2012 National Population and Housing Census. Like the 2002 Census, Census 2012 was conducted as part of the United Nations 2010 Global Round of Population and Housing Censuses. The 2010 round spans the period 2005-2014 and as customary saw the CARICOM group executing their censuses in the year that is halfway within the period defined as the 2010 round.
The Population and Housing Census is one of Guyana’s largest national exercises. In the Census, which is conducted every ten years, Enumerators (census-takers) visit every household in every part of the country to administer questionnaires that collect social and economic information and data on the population. The Population and Housing Census is an extremely important national exercise and it is every citizen’s duty to cooperate according to the laws of Guyana, as the Census produces a huge body of information that is used in planning and development.
CENSUS DAY – 15TH SEPTEMBER 2012- The Hon. Minister of Finance issued a Census Regulation (No. 7 of 2012) and a Census Order (No. 175 of 2012) dated 14th August 2012 that formally announced the commencement of the 2012 Population & Housing Census on 15th September 2012.
The citizens’ confidentiality is protected by law, the same law which gives the Bureau the right and responsibility to take a Census. No-one is exempted for any reason from participating in the 2012 Population & Housing Census.
The Bureau of Statistics would like to thank the Government and the People of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana for their unswerving support and cooperation during the 2012 Census enumeration exercise.
This was the sixth Census conducted in Guyana since 1945. Guyana’s history of decennial Census taking goes back to 1831 under the then Colonial Administrations, with breaks during the two (2) great wars. From a more current historical perspective in the post World-War II era, Guyana with the rest of the English speaking Caribbean, conducted its previous Censuses in the years 1946, 1960, 1970, 1980 and 1991. Accordingly, Guyana’s current Census should ideally have been executed in year 2001, but it would have been impractical to hold it in an election year, thus the deferment to year 2002.
Census 2002 was part of the global round of Censuses, and more importantly it was an integral part of the regionally coordinated round of Censuses under the aegis of the CARICOM Secretariat. The post World-War II Censuses have all been conducted on a regional basis, and with the advent of CARICOM, a Regional Census Coordinating Committee had been established since the 1970 Census to help plan and coordinate all Census activities of member countries.
By Ministerial Order made under Cap: 19:09 of the Statistics Act of the Laws of Guyana, Census day was set at 15th September 2002. Field enumeration of the population and housing commenced thereafter, except for Region 9 which historically has been done earlier in March/April, to avoid the onset of the rainy season, which makes communication in that area for Census taking virtually impossible.
Marginality (Poverty Status) Indices have been computed for each
of the (ten) 10 Administrative regions of Guyana using selected
variables from the 2002 Population and Housing Census.
TOWN LEVEL DATA
Selected core of Social Statistics of Guyana at Town level have been produced. Download here (Town Level Data by Population): compressed (71KB) Download here (Town Level Data by Household): compressed (34KB)
NDC LEVEL DATA
Selected core of Social Statistics of Guyana at Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) level have been produced. Download available herecompressed (701 KB)
A GIS-based format (MapInfo version) of the data is now available. Note: Users need MapInfo software to view the data after downloading.
Download available here compressed (5.9 MB)
This url "http://www.tetrad.com/software/mapinfo/mipvform.html"
will direct you to a form that is required to be filled in order
to download the MapInfo ProViewer.
VILLAGE LEVEL DATA
Selected core of Social Statistics of Guyana at Village level have been produced. Download here (Village Level Data by Population):
compressed (2.13 MB) Download here (Village Level Data by Household): compressed (917 KB)