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What is the Census?

The Population & Housing Census is Guyana’s largest national data collection exercise, which is conducted every ten years. During the Census exercise, enumerators (census field staff) visit every household in every part of the country to administer the questionnaires that is used to collect social, demographic and economic data on the population.

The Population & 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 large amount of data and information that is used for planning and national development.

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Census Timeline

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  • 1831

    98,000

    98,000

    September 15, 1831
    1831 Census Guyana’s Population: 98,000
  • 1911

    296,041

    296,041

    September 15, 1911

    1911 Census

    Guyana’s Population: 296,041

  • 1931

    310,933

    310,933

    September 15, 1931

    1931 Census

    Guyana’s Population: 310,933

  • 1946

    375,701

    375,701

    September 15, 1946

    1946 Census

    Guyana’s Population: 375,701

  • 1960

    560,330

    560,330

    September 15, 1960

    1960 Census

    Guyana’s Population: 560,330

  • 1970

    701,718

    701,718

    September 15, 1970

    1970 Census

    Guyana’s Population: 701,718

  • 1980

    759,567

    759,567

    September 15, 1980

    1980 Census

    Guyana’s Population: 759,567

  • 1991

    723,673

    723,673

    September 15, 1991

    1991 Census

    Guyana’s Population: 723,673

  • 2002

    751,223

    751,223

    September 15, 2002

    2002 Census

    Guyana’s Population: 751,223

  • 2012

    746,955

    746,955

    September 15, 2012

    2012 Census

    Guyana’s Population: 746,955

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Census 2012

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.

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.

Census 2002

This was the sixth Census conducted in Guyana since 1945. 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.

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