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2012 Population & Housing Census


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.

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2002 Population & Housing Census


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.

2002 Population & Housing Census - Guyana National Report

This report is a detailed expansive “Regional Analysis” co-ordinated by the CARICOM Secretariat and covers twelve chapters.

Downloads available here:
  1. Cover Page and Table of Contents
    • Cover page 1
    • Cover page 2
    • Acknowledgements
    • Table of Contents
  2. Introduction and Executive Summary
  3. Chapter 1 - National Population Trends: Size, Growth and Distribution
  4. Chapter 2 - Population Composition
  5. Chapter 3 - Population Redistribution and Internal Migration
  6. Chapter 4 - Mortality and Fertility Patterns
  7. Chapter 5 - Education and Training
  8. Chapter 6 - Economic Activity
  9. Chapter 7 - Housing and Living Arrangements
  10. Chapter 8 - Disability and Health
  11. Chapter 9 - Marriage, Divorce and Cohabitation
  12. Chapter 10 - Children and Youth
  13. Chapter 11 - Gender Development Issues
  14. Chapter 12 - The Elderly
  15. Appendices
    1. - Concepts and Definitions
    2. - Data Tables
  16. References

Census 2002 questionnaires for both Households and Individuals are available. Downloads available here: Household (PDF Version 2.1 MB)
Individual PDF Version 3.3 MB)

Poverty Indicators

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.

Regional Map.
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Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Map.
Download available here PDF version (345 KB)

List of NDCs.
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Marginality Index by NDC.
Download available here MI by NDC (EDMI.xls)

Brief notes on  Marginality Index.
Download available here PDF version (38 KB)

Population & Housing Census 2002 (Town, NDC and Village 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)

Selected core of Social Statistics of Guyana at Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) level have been produced.
Download available here compressed (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.
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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)

Population Projections (2005 - 2025)

A projection of Guyana's Population has been made for the period 2005 to 2025.
Download available here PDF Version (42 KB  

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Guyana at a Glance

Population 751,223  (Census 2002)
Size 214,970 square km
Location Between 1o & 9o  North Latitude and 57o & 61o West Longitude
Time Zone GMT - 04:00
Currency Guyana Dollar (G$)
Per capita GDP 2011 (rebased series) US$2,869.00
Nominal GDP 2011 (rebased series) G$460,108  million
Real GDP 2011 (rebased series) G$326,194  million
Inflation Rate

Dec '14 - Mar '15:-2.6

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